Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2013

Abstract

Given the data collected through our surveys of the local deer population and the Hamilton community (Baez et al. 2013, Halper et al. 2013, Jensen et al. 2013), it is clear that deer are overabundant in the Town of Hamilton, NY. In addition, deer are producing negative impacts on both the ecosystem and the Hamilton community. We used these data and our review of case studies taking place in similar areas to create the following comprehensive report of our management recommendations to reduce Hamilton’s deer population. Our first and most fundamental recommendation is the creation of a deer-focused working group that continues to monitor the population. This working group would be committed to deciding upon and implementing scientifically-based and socially-responsible deer management strategies.

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