The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees is collecting public input on a deer population management plan for the college’s 423-acre Main Campus, located on 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
The college will host a public presentation to share information and options on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the U-Building Auditorium. Dr. Judy Mitchell, JJC vice president of administrative services, will conduct the presentation and gather questions and input for the board to consider.
An aerial count conducted in 2010 showed there were 120 deer on the campus grounds. College officials estimate that this population has tripled, contributing to eight car accidents involving deer since 2010 and over $20,000 in crop damage to a 100-acre land lab many JJC students use in their coursework.
College officials have been in contact with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as well as the Will County Forest Preserve to discuss these issues and gather information.
At the Thursday presentation, Dr. Mitchell will present information from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for a program using sharpshooters in tree stands during off hours and weekends at the far northeast corner of campus, roughly 1,700 feet or one-third of a mile from campus buildings. According to the IDNR plan, the college would be allowed to remove up to 10 deer each month.
Those with questions are highly encouraged to send them in advance of the presentation to Dr. Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.