Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Grants awarded to help Wisconsin municipalities deal with nuisance wildlife

Weekly News Article Published: February 12, 2013 by the Central Office

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated with 2013 grant recipients.

MADISON - Seven Wisconsin municipalities have been awarded an Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control grant to aid them in development and implementation of long-term management solutions for dealing with problems caused by white-tailed deer or Canada geese.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides 50 percent matching reimbursement grants up to a maximum of $5,000 to communities to help them manage wildlife conflicts. All of the State fiscal year 2013 grant funds, totaling $24,700, have been awarded. Grant recipients and amounts awarded include:

  • City Of Brookfield, $5,000 for annual aerial deer survey to monitor wildlife populations and establish population estimates. Deer population reduction by sharpshooting and trapping operations.
  • Village Of Elm Grove, Waukesha County, $487 to monitor deer and Canada geese populations and establish population estimates. Remove deer by use of sharpshooters. Remove resident Canada geese by approved methods and in compliance with US Fish & Wildlife permit. Process, distribute or dispose of geese and deer to a charitable organization.
  • Milwaukee County Parks, $5,000 to monitor deer populations and establish population estimates. Remove deer using sharpshooters. Process deer and distribute to local food pantries.
  • City Of Muskego, $2,500 to remove resident Canada geese. Perform required health and tissue sampling. Process, distribute or dispose of geese to a charitable organization.
  • City Of Wisconsin Rapids, $1,713 to implement managed deer hunts; process and distribute to charitable organization(s).
  • City Of Oshkosh, $5,000 to monitor and establish deer population estimates. Remove deer using sharpshooters. Remove resident Canada geese.
  • City Of Sheboygan, $5,000 to develop an urban wildlife (deer) population control plan. Monitor deer populations and establish population estimates. Remove deer using sharpshooters.

In order to be eligible for grant consideration, an applicant must be an urban area pursuant to s. 86.196(1)(c), Wis. Stats. More grant information and a summary of the 2013 grant awards can be found on the Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control page of the DNR website under "Related Links."

FOR MORE INFORMATION: on grant awards, contact Kari Beetham, DNR Bureau of Community Financial Assistance, 608- 264-9207; on technical assistance related to urban areas, wildlife plans, or urban wildlife, contact Dan Hirchert, wildlife damage biologist, 608-267-7974.