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DEER, PEOPLE, AND PARKS: PERSPECTIVES
OF RESIDENTS IN COMMUNITIES NEAR
FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE

William F. Siemer, Kirsten M. Leong, Daniel J. Decker,
and Karlene K. Smith

Human Dimensions Research Unit
Department of Natural Resources
Cornell University Ithaca, New York, 14853-3001

HDRU Series Publication 07-8

December 2007
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Study Background and Purpose

We established a research project to clarify human dimensions of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) issues in National Park Service (NPS) units in the northeastern U.S. as part of a cooperative agreement between the NPS Biological Resource Management Division (BRMD) and Cornell University’s Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU) in the Department of Natural Resources. The project was completed in three phases; this report details findings from research phase IIIB at Fire Island National Seashore (FINS).

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