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​Community Deer Advisor

​Community Deer Advisor

Decision support for communities managing deer

Communities around the United States are coping with a rise in deer-related problems, such as deer vehicle collisions, tick-borne illnesses and costly damage to landscaping and property. The Community Deer Advisor provides support to local leaders who are searching for practical guidance to navigate the contentious deer management issues emerging in their home towns.  

The Deer Advisor offers:

  • A useful process for structuring local deer management programs
  • Recommendations for best practices, including education, communication and stakeholder
  • Engagement
  • Specific guidance for community leaders, facilitators and wildlife managers
  • Links to educational resources
  • A “starter kit” for community-based deer management
  • Community examples from across the United States
  • An opportunity for communities to share their own deer management stories

About the Community Deer Advisor

The Community Deer Advisor is a collaboration between Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources (Human Dimensions Research Unit and Natural Resources Extension) and The Nature Conservancy.

The inquiry informing this work was supported in part by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project 1004275. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

This work was supported in part by Cornell University's David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF), and The Nature Conservancy' Science Impact Project and the Cox Family Fund for Science and Research.

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Last updated November 28, 2016