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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division

Department of Natural Resources: Deer Population Management

May 26, 2016

We found that aspects of the Department of Natural Resources’ management of deer populations in recent years were commendable and reflected local stakeholders’ interests. However, the department does not have a formal plan that prioritizes DNR resources, goals, and objectives for managing deer statewide. We recommend that the department improve its information for monitoring deer populations and setting deer population goals.