White-tailed Deer Management in CVNP

The National Park Service (NPS) at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) will begin their White-tailed Deer Management program starting November 16, 2020.

NPS has been studying and monitoring the deer population in the park since the late 1980's. The Final White-tailed Deer Management Plan provides the park with a long-term approach to address high deer populations that are adversely affecting the park's vegetation and other wildlife. The final plan was approved in February 2015 by the Midwest Regional Director. NPS has secured permits by the Ohio Division of Wildlife to use sharpshooting on park property to reduce deer populations. NPS is contracting with the Wildlife Services branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide experienced and trained staff to implement the deer program.

Most culling activities will be away from established trails, in open fields and meadows using truck mounted platforms or tree stands to ensure the humane and safe removal of deer. NPS is partnering with Cleveland Metroparks and Summit Metro Parks for meat processing and donation to area food banks.

Activities will take place between dusk and midnight, on weekdays (Monday through Thursday). At times, specific areas will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety. NPS staff will patrol the park during removal actions to ensure compliance with park closures and public safety measures, and accompany USDA-WS teams in the field.

The safety of the public is our first priority as we implement this resource management program. Local law enforcement agencies have been notified of this activity and will be working with the park on any closures.

The Cuyahoga Valley Deer Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and supporting documents are available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) site. Documents available on the PEPC site are listed below.

  • White-tailed Deer Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • Public Scoping documents for the White-tailed Deer Management Plan
  • DEIS Public Open House Presentation
  • Final White-tailed Deer Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Record of Decision - White-tailed Deer Management Plan/EIS
  • White-tailed Deer Management Plan/DEIS Newsletter

To go to the PEPC site click here.

If you have questions about this program, please call 440-546-5975 or cuva_pr@nps.gov.

Last updated: November 12, 2020

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