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Charlottesville to Continue Deer Population Management Program

Post Date:02/14/2019 11:00 AM
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Brian Wheeler
Director of Communications
February 14, 2019

Charlottesville to Continue Deer Population Management Program

Dear culling to begin February 18, 2019 and continue during March

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville will continue its work with a wildlife management specialist to implement a deer management program that will begin on February 18, 2019 and end in late March.

The program comes after successful initiative in 2018.  City Council approved the program in response to numerous and sustained complaints about hazardous driving conditions, health concerns stemming from Lyme disease, landscapes being impacted by an overabundant deer population, and the health of the local herd.

The operation will take place in City of Charlottesville parks during nighttime hours. It is expected that approximately 125 deer will be culled as a result of the program. The operation will be carefully coordinated with the Emergency Communications Center and the Charlottesville Police Department.

In 2018, the program produced the following results:

  • The program occurred over 11 nights between February 20 and March 8.
  • 125 deer were culled on nine City of Charlottesville-owned properties.
  • 2,850 pounds of venison were donated to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.
  • Instructions were given to our selected wildlife management firm to avoid shooting Charlottesville's albino/white deer and the program ended with that guidance being honored.

The answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found at:

General questions about the deer culling program can be left on the City's Public Input voicemail line at 434-970-3109.

Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting or (434) 970-3182.
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