Deer Exclosure

The Village is installing permanent deer fencing along the pink lines as drawn below.  S-gates along main trails will allow public access through the exclosure. 

The area outlined is approximately 30 acres, or just under one-third of the total park and woods. Once fencing is complete, the Village will conduct a deer push to shoo the deer out of the exclosure. Bartlett Tree Company has been hired to remove heavy invasives inside it, after which the Village will plant a mixture of native understory plants and trees. 

Approximate dimensions of proposed exclosure


Fencing is set back from the forest edge and consists of 8' woven wire mesh and fence posts.

Most entrances have "S"-gates to allow people and small animals to enter. These have the advantage of no breakable hinges or swinging doors that could accidentally be left open and reintroduce deer. Except that it turned out that our crafty Hastings deer could navigate them after all. So we added spring-gates, which together with the S-mazes, should do the job!

People will not be excluded!

Fencing will has 7 "S" gates at key points. Deer are supposedly too long-bodied to navigate these, while humas, dogs and other animals can go through them easily. We added spring-gates, which alone could be left open, but together with S gates should provide some defense.