February 3, 2014

Urban Deer guide offers options to communities

From staff reports

---- — The impact of white-tailed deer within urban communities is a growing problem nationwide, including in several Indiana communities.

Managing the problem can become controversial.

To help local communities better understand deer and available management options, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Fish and Wildlife has put together an online booklet — the Urban Deer Technical Guide.

It’s available at — click the Urban Deer Technical Guide link.

The 32-page booklet explores how overabundant deer can impact deer-human interaction, cause ecological damage, and present health issues for humans. It addresses the pros and cons of both lethal and non-lethal management options.

The booklet outlines considerations for developing a successful deer management program and how to set up a monitoring program to assess results.

Several examples of special deer reduction programs are cited.