in , by Michelle, December 09, 2022

I cringe when I receive a letter from the city of Burnsville. 

Half of Alimagnet is on the Burnsville side and the other half is on the Apple Valley side. Apple Valley doesn't do deer removal, thankfully, but Burnsville does. In the past I've questioned the Burnsville city biologist about this choice and the explanation was understandable. They said they're protecting the ecosystem in the park. I accepted it because I know that a large population of deer can negatively impact species diversity of forests, but that isn't the case this year.

If you've read my previous post you'll know that a number of deer were found dead on the Apple Valley side of the park over summer. Five deer were found dead; 2 does, and 3 fawns. There was also a dead raccoon in the same area. I reported it to the DNR, they examined the photos and ruled out coyotes being the cause. Possible poisoning is at the top of the list. I also saw two dead deer in the street around the park so that's seven. Now, this fall leading into winter has been the first time in 15 years that I've not seen deer regularly. Every winter the deer love to loaf on the hill behind my home which is Alimagnet. 

Following is a photo of what we would see every single year. 

This is all we've seen this year

And it's no coincidence that this is what we are getting after several deer died this past winter. For those that were found dead I am sure there were several others not discovered by me or my neighbors. 
This year we've been lucky if we see a deer a week. There just isn't the number of deer we are use to seeing and that's very unusual. So for that reason this letter below from the city of Burnsville is disappointing and quite frankly it's wrong. 
I've asked them how they estimate the annual deer population so I'll see what they say. 

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