Conservation Programs and White-tailed Deer Ecology

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Virginia Tech

White-tailed deer have reached historical numbers since nearly being wiped out due to overhunting and habitat loss. This paper seeks to review the rebound of white-tailed deer populations, specifically analyzing the role conservation practice and habitat management have played. A brief history of private land contracts in the United States is established before relating deer ecology to habitat availability. The importance of deer from the perspective of humans as well as the ecosystem is highlighted in an effort to encourage and promote conservation and habitat preservation efforts. This work seeks to answer the question “How do conservation programs influence white-tailed deer behavior and what steps can land managers take to protect wildlife on their property?”. A list of recommendations for land owners is given to share best-practice policies for governing a healthy population of white-tailed deer. Lastly, study limitations and constraints of this paper are analyzed to promote transparency and identify areas of concern with data collection.