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Brief: Mendota Heights Resident Airs Deer Concerns

Should Mendota Heights host a controlled hunt?

The heard from a resident Sept. 20 voicing concerns about the deer population in the city. 

George Carter came to the city council meeting prepared with photos of the damage deer have done to his residence. Carter has been working with Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener to learn more about the nuisance and the possibility of a controlled hunt to thin the population.

Also at the meeting: 

  • The council approved a licensing agreement for the Interstate Valley Creek Trail, which intersects two private lots. The previous license had expired due to title transfer.
  •  The council released a letter of credit for landscaping two lots of Mendota Plaza to the owners of the property.
  • is a finalist in the program, competing for restoration funds. The public can vote for Pilot Knob on the Partners in Preservation Facebook page.
Yelva Lynfield September 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM
A deer ate all the birdseed in my bird feeder, but I loved watching her so close to my window! Yelva Lynfield
Kenneth F. Hayes September 21, 2011 at 02:01 PM
A controlled for both deer and wild turkey has my support. The amount of landscape damage both create in my yard is a problem. Both are fearless of human contact and both need to be thinned and moved down into the river valley.
Jeff Reed September 21, 2011 at 02:37 PM
We have had deer damage for several years now. They seem to have a "Buffet Trail" that meanders through our property. Along that trail is a large amount of damage to plants and bushes. I have seen them empty birdfeeders while standing on thier two back legs. That is an amazing sight. I also have woken up at night and looked out the window to see two bucks rearing up on two legs and locking antlers. An amazing sight as well. However, seeing up to seven deer grazing your back yard makes me think that perhaps we do have too many of these animals in the area and maybe the time has come to "thin the herd".
ME Meredith September 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Part of the reason I like living in MH is because of the wildlife. I live just off Mendota Heights Road and occasionally would see deer in the area. However, it has been about two years since I have seen any deer around here. Is it possible that the deer population has not grown significantly but simply moved from one area of the city to another? Homeowners and the City should address non-violent options of coexisting with the wildlife (for example, fences) or making other areas more attractive to the wildlife before there is serious consideration of a hunt.

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