City of Madison prepares to reduce number of deer, turkey at Owen Park

City of Madison prepares to reduce number of deer, turkey at Owen Park

The City of Madison is preparing to kill a number of wild animals that have taken over Owen Conservation Park on the west side.

District 19 Alder Mark Clear said about 50 turkeys and 14 deer were spotted at the park recently.
Clear said the city does not want to kill wildlife but without natural predators it has to take action to ensure a sustainable population.

If the problem isn’t resolved, animals will continue to eat plants at the park. Clear said he’s more concerned about an increase in deer crashes on Old Sauk Road because it could potentially put kids at Crestwood Elementary School in danger.

“If there are conflicts between deer or turkeys and cars those can be very dangerous and can obviously put the animals at risk but can put people at risk. especially kids at the school,” Clear said.

The City of Madison Parks Division signed a $5,000 contract with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to kill about 10 of each animal in the winter. The wildlife management procedure takes place over 10 to 15 years at Owen Conservation Park.

The turkey and deer meat will be donated to local food pantries in Madison.