Urban Deer Management
Engaging citizen scientists to study the population of urban white-tailed deer at Fort Drum, New York
High densities of white-tailed deer are an issue in urban areas throughout North America. The lack of natural predators and hunting leaves populations unchecked, leading to increased deer-vehicle collisions, Lyme disease, damage to habitat for endangered species and other problems. Since 2015, this team has been studying the deer at Fort Drum, New York. As the project has grown in scope so has engagement with military families on post, who assist with data collection via deer sightings, tracking and captures.
Today, deer in the study are continuing to disperse, some traveling as far as Canada, and the citizen-science program needs to grow — in number of participants and in geographic scope. In this project, the team is learning how to more effectively engage new stakeholders in urban deer management.
Topics: Energy, Environment and Sustainability
- Graduate student: Martin Feehan, natural resources
Special committee chair:
Paul Curtis, Department of Natural Resources
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: Natural Resources Branch, Dept. of the Army
- Cornell partner: Animal Health Diagnostic Center
- Community partner: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative
- Community partner: Fort Drum Volunteers