Decision support for community-based deer management

Communities around the United States are struggling with problems related to deer. These include deer-vehicle collisions, tick-borne illnesses, and damage to woodlands, landscaping, and other natural areas. A new online resource provides support to local leaders who are searching for practical guidance to navigate contentious deer management issues.

The Community Deer Advisor offers a process for structuring local deer management programs. Recommendations for best practices and guidance for community leaders are highlighted, with links to educational resources. The online resource was developed by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy.

Minnesota residents will be interested to see several examples from across the state. A community example from Duluth, MN highlights the success of its volunteer archery hunt. Another example from Burnsville, MN highlights the accomplishments of its community deer management plan that has been in place since 2001.

Read more about community-based deer management on the Community Deer Advisor website.

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team.

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