Mill Creek MetroParks recently completed survey efforts to identify the deer population within all MetroParks owned or managed properties. Results of that survey were shared with the public at the Board of Park Commissioners on Monday, February 13, 2023. Infrared aerial deer photography identified a deer population within the MetroParks that is more than nineteen (19) times the recommended carrying capacity of the land, leading to significant negative impacts to both the health of the deer population and the ecological biodiversity of the land as well as increased human conflicts.
As a result of the survey, the MetroParks is actively working towards the development of a long-term management plan to address the issue. In doing so, the MetroParks is actively seeking input from members of the community who wish to provide input and/or comment on this issue. Members of the community can log onto the MetroParks website or scan the QR code included.