An Overview of White-Tailed Deer Status and Management in New Jersey
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are one of the most easily recognized wildlife species in New Jersey. Highly valued as a major game species, white-tailed deer are increasingly perceived as nuisance animals because of their negative interactions with humans, particularly in densely populated areas. Agricultural crop destruction, private property damage, deer-vehicle collisions, and tick-borne illnesses are all important points to consider in the management of deer. Deer also offer amenity and economic value for hunting and ecological benefits (i.e. seed dispersal, increased plant diversity) when they occur at appropriate densities. A full understanding of deer populations will help us to manage them effectively.