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More deer info than you may want--

Posted by carol6ma_7ari zones 6 %26 7a (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 15, 13 at 10:31

I found a cool website,, and it has a lot of information about "managing" deer populations, deer tick problems, and links to other resources. I got onto it because I'm trying to design a larger garden area and keep out the few deer we see in our yard and wetlands and yet retain our nice view, not have to look through a lot of fencing.

Within that website was a link to a map showing deer (whitetail) density everywhere in the US and one can zoom in and count the number of sightings. Wow, I hadn't realized how many deer there are in RI, and where. And in CT. And in MA. And....


Here is a link that might be useful: Deer Density Map

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RE: More deer info than you may want--

Thanks for the link, Carol. I love looking at how data is represented on a map. In this case, however, I had to chuckle at the NH section - on both our ME and VT borders, there is a huge long stretch that is in the 0-15 range in NH and the 15 to 30 just over the border. I imagine that this data comes from the states and they have different ways of counting deer populations.

RE: More deer info than you may want--

Also I think that each state's wildlife/game management contributes to the numbers, but I suspect that the loss of open land probably has the greatest negative impact on deer numbers. I notice that the green band (less than 15 deer per square mile) that runs up the middle of my state corresponds with the Green Mtn Nat'l Forest, while the open farm land areas in the Champlain valley as well as the northeast kingdom and eastern VT have greater density of deer.

RE: More deer info than you may want--

How is this data obtained? Could it just be obtained by homeowner reports? In places with fewer people deer may go unreported.

RE: More deer info than you may want--

edlincoln - Densities were probably obtained from F&W agency data. The map is too general to be worth much. If you want density data from your area check with with your state F&W Dept. and ask for their deer mgmt. plan

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