Wildlife in Brookfield

The City of Brookfield has achieved certification as a Bird City Wisconsin. Modeled on the successful nationwide program Tree City USA (recognition already achieved by the City), it seeks to educate urban neighborhood residents on the significance and beauty of our bird populations. To enhance your appreciation and maintenance of your backyard habitat, we are providing several website links for your exploration. You can find information on bird identification, how-to (such as preventing bird window strikes), and other useful articles on protecting the environment for our feathered friends.

Urban Deer Abatement and Control
In June 2001, the Common Council adopted the Findings and Recommendations of the Deer Task Force which were developed following many meetings, public forums, lengthy discussions, and numerous communications received from residents. The Task Force consisted of residents representing the entire City, staff, experts, and other local community officials, for the purpose of assessing and analyzing the deer population in the community and the related impacts and researching and recommending effective and publicly acceptable management alternatives. The recommendations contained a number of management strategies to include nonlethal measures of control emphasizing public education, and also initiating a deer population reduction and maintenance program utilizing a combination of methods including the use of trained, professional sharpshooters and trapping.

The City has implemented several of the recommendations to include:

  • Installation of additional cautionary signage on roadways especially in designated hot spot areas.
  • An emphasis was placed on increasing public awareness relative to effects of feeding, deer repellents, unpalatable landscape plants, and other deterrents through the use of informational brochures, direct mailings, and the City Newsletter and web site.
  • Implementation of a deer population reduction and maintenance program utilizing a combination of sharpshooting and live trapping.

The ongoing population reduction initiative in 2017 will focus on management zones where the deer numbers have been shown to exceed the recommended number of deer per square mile of habitat area by the greatest amount. These zones are described below:

Management ZoneGeneral Area of the City
Black Forest Wetlands
Section 21 & 28, wetlands/woodlands area north of Bluemound Road between Brookfield Road and Calhoun Road.
Wirth Park Wetlands & Section 16
Isolated Natural Area
Section 15 & 16, wetlands/woodlands area west and north of Wirth Park and isolated natural area west of Calhoun Road and north of railroad tracks.

Underwood Creek Section 14

 Wetlands/woodlands area located north of North Avenue and east of Pilgrim Road along the Underwood Creek and near Mound Zion Park.
Dousman Ditch CorridorSection 20 & 27, wetlands/woodlands area north of Bluemound Road between Calhoun Road and Pilgrim Parkway
Section 17 – Isolated Natural Area

Wetlands/woodlands area located north of North Avenue between Brookfield Road and Indian Trail.

Herd reduction operations are conducted during the winter months, depending on weather conditions, and conclude by mid-April.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and the Feeding of Deer

Due to the introduction of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into the state of Wisconsin deer herd, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has put into place an emergency rule as of September 11, 2003 that prohibits the baiting and feeding of deer in 23 Wisconsin counties including Waukesha County. A DNR web site can provide you with comprehensive information about this disease and the ban.

Questions about the deer management program may be referred to the Parks Recreation and Forestry at (262) 796-6675.

Wildlife Resources/Informational Links
Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management