Lake Elmo Park Reserve Closed Nov. 7-8, 14-15 for Deer Harvest

Lake Elmo Park Reserve will be closed Nov. 7-8 and again on Nov. 14-15 for a controlled deer management harvest.

Only hunters who have obtained a special lottery permit from the Minnesota DNR will be allowed into the park for the deer harvest. All participants will be required to attend a safety and deer harvest orientation course.

The deer herd in the park reserve and the adjacent Sunfish Lake Park has grown to 101, based upon a 2015 aerial survey. Wildlife managers estimate that 30 percent of the actual deer population is missed through aerial surveys, which means there are possibly upwards of 131 deer in the park area.

The large concentration of deer has caused browsing damage to the trees and shrubs in the park, according to a Washington County news release, and poses a traffic hazard as deer cross the highways.

The Minnesota DNR recommends that the deer population be kept between 15 to 25 deer per square mile. The recommended deer herd size for Lake Elmo Park Reserve and surrounding areas is 45 to 75.

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