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Douglas County request to split deer management unit denied

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board denied Douglas County's request to split its countywide deer management unit into three smaller units, according to Al Horvath, Douglas County deer advisory council chairman.

The recommendation was made to better account for the diverse habitats, snow effects, predator levels and public versus private land mix in Douglas County.

Douglas was one of six counties in which the County Deer Advisory Council recommended splitting into multiple deer management units, according to Kevin Wallenfang, a big game ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. All of them were denied.

"The major reason given was that they felt it was important to delay that action, and that it was too early to change the current DMU status," Horvath stated in an email. "They wanted to allow more time (as recommended in the Kroll report) to gather data and give the current scenario a fair chance of success."

Douglas County's population objective to increase the deer population was approved.

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