Studies of Human-Deer Interactions

Fire Island community residents and residents adjacent to the William Floyd Estate participated in a 2003 study in which they were interviewed (or completed a mail survey) to better understand their perceptions of and concerns about deer.

The primary concerns were related to impacts associated with the deer population size and density, home range and movements, and behavior. Impacts on residents include damage to landscaping and gardens, concerns about disease and ticks, sanitation issues, wildlife viewing opportunities, concerns about deer health, and deer interactions with pets. Residents were also concerned about impacts on deer such as habitat loss and behavior changes.

Cornell University's Deer, People, and Parks reports: