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Deer surveys in city limits start Monday

BSU associate professor of biology Brian Hiller drives down Camelot Drive Northeast to spot deer in October 2016 with students. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI—A series of surveys are scheduled to begin next week to once again assess the deer population in close proximity to the city of Bemidji.

From Monday, Oct. 15-Nov. 1, excluding Halloween, BSU Professor Brian Hiller and his students will conduct evening spotlight surveys. There will be several BSU vehicles involved, and they will be using their hazard lights.

The surveys will take place from sunset to 9 p.m. and focus on three areas of the city:

• Land northeast of Lake Bemidji, bound by Lake Avenue, Elliot Road, Tyler Avenue and Mill Street.

• Areas near 23rd Street Northwest, Washington Avenue South, Rako Street Southwest, 18th Street Southwest and Adams Avenue.

• Near the Bemidji Airport, including property adjacent to the airport, west of Cardinal Road Northwest, and areas east of the airport and west of U.S. Highway 71.

During the survey, the team will drive at slow speeds and shine spotlights to record the number, age, and gender of the deer they've observed. Residents are asked to refrain from interrupting or disrupting the ongoing surveys.

Residents are also asked not to contact Bemidji Police or the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office in regard to the surveys.

For more information, contact Deputy City Clerk Teresa Hanson at (218) 759-3562.

Through the years the city has conducted special archery deer hunts in the city limits.

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