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DPNR Sets Up Permitting So Hunters Can Begin Culling Local Deer Population

CHRISTIANSTED — It will soon be legal to hunt local deer in the Virgin Islands … provided you have the proper permit.

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said Wednesday that the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is currently developing pre-application guidelines and permit conditions to address deer predation in the territory.

Predation is defined as the killing by one living organism of another for food, according to DPNR.

“Recently many crop farmers throughout the territory have faced huge losses because of the increase in deer population,” DPNR Commissioner Dawn Henry said. “We anticipate that these guidelines, once approved and issued, will create a more harmonious and consistent approach to managing wildlife while minimizing crop losses.”

Until these guidelines are completed, DFW will accept and review permits at any time and consider them on a case-by-case basis.

The permit application can be found on the departments website: https://dpnr.vi.gov/fish-and-wildlife/permit-application/.”  

For more information, contact Nicole Angeli, Chief of Wildlife at (340) 773-1082 ext. 2205 or email at Nicole.angeli@dpnr.vi.gov

White-tail deer in St. Croix.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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