|Secondary phase of Shawnee Mission Park deer management plan completed|
The 14 certified archers assisting with the program reported culling 29 deer from the herd between Dec. 9 and Jan. 23.
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District had previously conducted an initial culling with the assistance of law enforcement sharpshooters and wildlife biologists. The sharpshooters culled 313 deer from the herd over a four day period that began on Nov. 1. All of the meat from the initial culling was distributed to benefit the needy throughout the community and the hides were donated to a national program benefiting veterans.
The district’s deer management plan called for reducing the size of the herd to an estimated 50 deer per square mile. According to surveys conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks prior to the initial culling, the estimated number of deer within the two-and-a-half-square-mile greater Shawnee Mission Park area ranged from 148 to 208 per square mile over the past three years. A subsequent series of surveys completed after the initial culling in November estimated 73 deer per square mile still remained in the area.
Now that the secondary culling has been completed, multiple surveys will be conducted over the next several months to monitor and estimate the size of the herd. The resulting data will be used to assist in implementing effective strategies for the district’s ongoing deer management efforts.