Whitewater park closed for special deer hunt

ALTURA, Minn. (WKBT) — Whitewater State Park in Minnesota will be closed to visitors Nov. 20 and 21 for a special deer hunt designed to prevent overpopulation and to protect resources.

The park in Altura, Minn., is one of several Minnesota state parks where hunts will take place.

“Too many of one animal or plant species in an area can start to throw off the balance of other species in that area,” said Tavis Westbrook, a natural resource program coordinator with DNR’s Division of Parks and Trails. “When there are too many deer in a park, they feed too much on certain trees and native plants, so occasionally we allow deer hunts as a way to protect natural resources.”

The deadlines have passed for youth and adults to apply for the permits to participate in these state park and recreation area hunts, which include regular firearms, muzzleloader and archery options.

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