Community Deer Management Guide
Reducing deer problems for community residents as a whole typically requires approaching deer management at a community level. This handbook was written to help people understand the deer problems they’re experiencing and guide communities through the process of assessing the need for deer management, evaluating possible approaches, and planning a course of action.
Community Deer Advisor
The Community Deer Advisor is a collaboration between Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy to help communities successfully manage deer at a local level. Community-based deer management (CBDM) is the foundation for the Community Deer Advisor. Our recommendations on negotiating the process of CBDM are based on social science research and lessons learned from case studies in multiple states.
Lyme Disease and Deer
Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease of humans and some domestic mammals caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Wild mammals and birds are often asymptomatic reservoirs for the bacteria that rarely become ill. The first case of Lyme disease in the United States was described in 1969 in a Wisconsin grouse hunter. The disease got its name after an outbreak occurred in 1975 in children from Lyme, Connecticut, but the bacteria responsible for causing the disease was not identified until 1982.
CWD: Chronic Wasting Disease
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an untreatable and fatal brain and nervous system disease found in deer, elk, and moose. CWD poses a serious threat to New York’s white-tailed deer population, the deer hunting tradition, and the many other benefits associated with a wild white-tailed deer population.