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Deer Everywhere

Posted on Aug 19, 2015

One of the more concerning sightings to me as of late are all the White-tailed Deer tracks and signs that I keep finding. They should not be everywhere, in every habitat type, feeding on all sorts of plantings or ornamental greenery in the summer. The population is simply too high in too many areas across the Northeast. It is dangerous for us – via car accidents all the way to ticks – and for them, with increased contact with humans, disease and starvation. If they cannot find the proper food now then what will happen during the winter? This is not even going into how much damage the overpopulation can do to the forest floor, an impact that is measurable all the way to the canopy and in species that spend their lives across all of the Americas.

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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator