Discussion about the deer population over the last 24 months in North Mankato has led to some changes, but Officials aren’t jumping into implementing drastic changes despite continued concerns from a citizen.
Last week the Council voted down adopting a deer hunt request from resident Tom Hagen who has brought forward numerous complaints over the last year.
City Administrator John Harrenstein says they are trying to be responsive and responsible to concerns from residents.
“Our Parks Department has made trips to the property in question on several occasions to analyze the situation and have a discussion with the resident.”
The Parks Department and Greenway Conservation Committee also reviewed the issue and recommended establishing a policy that prohibits feeding deer, which the City Council adopted in early 2017.
“What I have observed at the City Council is that they’re open to revisiting issues, but what their direction at this time is that they have referred this matter to both the Park Department and the Greenway Conservation Committee. Upon their recommendation, if any further action is warranted, they will take it. But they have not received any recommendation of that nature yet.”
Both entities concluded that erosion in several ravines around Hagen’s property occurred due to rainfall, not by deer in the area.
City Officials also worked with the DNR and Department of Health and determined that North Mankato is in a low-risk area for tick-borne disease and Chronic Wasting disease, two common deer illnesses.
On the other side of the river, Mankato has had an annual deer hunt since 2003 and hasn’t permitted feeding deer in the city limits since 2002.