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:
- Perspectives of Residents in Communities Near Fire Island National Seashore by William F. Siemer, Kirsten M. Leong, Daniel J. Decker and Karlene K. Smith, HDRU Series No. 07-8, Human Dimensions Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University,
December 2007 (70 pages)
- Identifying Capacity for Local Community Participation in Wildlife Management Planning; Case 1: White-tailed Deer Issues at Fire Island National Seashore by Kirsten M. Leong and Daniel J. Decker, HDRU Series No. 07-1, Human Dimensions Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University,
February 2007 (39 pages)