Waupaca residents are not likely to see a reduction in the city’s deer population before next spring. The city council voted last night to approve Mayor Brian Smith’s recommendation for him to appoint an ad hoc committee that’s tasked with bringing a recommendation back to the council. Smith estimated it could be 5 months before the council receives that recommendation.
Last week the council heard from the DNR on options to thin out the deer herd. One of those was using sharpshooters, and that option was mentioned by adlermen Paul Mayou and Alan Keeland as perhaps the best for the city. Mayou also suggested a cost-sharing arrangement with private citizens who want deer removed from their property. The DNR says the cost of sharpshooters is typically 100 to 200 dollars per deer.