White-tailed Deer on Fire Island
Coexisting with Wildlife
On Fire Island, white-tailed deer are accustomed to humans and tend not to flee. For this reason, people can get very close to white-tailed deer and, oftentimes, try to touch or feed them by hand. It is understandable that a close encounter with a wild animal in a natural setting is exciting. However, it is best to maintain a safe distance from white-tailed deer in order to promote a natural environment for the animals themselves and to protect yourself from harm.
Learn more about human-wildlife interaction studies and Fire Island and Fire Island National Seashore's White-tailed Deer Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement.
Deer at the William Floyd Estate