City completes deer harvest

Published: Feb. 1, 2017 at 2:35 PM CST
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The Rapid City Deer Management Program has concluded for the winter with 100 deer harvested in the past week, according to City Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Biegler.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department provided the tags early last week and the harvest of 100 deer was completed by Sunday.

This season's number is the same as last year's harvest and is based on the annual deer trend survey conducted by the Rapid City Parks Department. Based on the survey, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department recommended 100 deer be harvested in city limits. Both the City's Urban Wildlife Committee and Parks & Recreation Advisory Board concurred with the recommendation.

The deer were harvested by certified shooters and the meat will be donated to Sportsmen Against Hunger and provided to people in need through coordination with Feeding South Dakota. Both Sportsmen Against Hunger and Black Hills Sportsmen donated $1,000 each towards the cost of the meat processing.

The purpose of the Rapid City Deer Management Program, which has been in effect since 1995, is to provide guidance to the Rapid City Mayor, Council, and staff, the Rapid City Urban Wildlife Committee, and involved stakeholders for the management of white-tailed and mule deer within the city limits of Rapid City. The Deer Management Program is an effort to foster healthy deer populations and to maximize aesthetic and recreational opportunities while minimizing negative impacts to private interests.

The Deer Management Program addresses problems associated with an overabundance of deer within the established boundaries of Rapid City. Current problems include deer/vehicle collisions, landscape, garden and property damage, and public safety issues including aggressive encounters with deer.