Medfield Selectmen Support Plan to Control Deer Population; Reduce Lyme Disease April 26, 2011 Massachusettes

Medfield Selectmen Support Plan to Control Deer Population; Reduce Lyme Disease  April 26, 2011  Massachusettes  Urban
By Theresa Knapp

MassWildlife DeerBiologist Sonja Christensen recently met with Medfield town officials to discuss the town's overabundance of white-tailed deer which can carry Lyme disease, and to suggest steps the town ... [deer do not carry Lyme disease, see research page]

The “controlled hunt” by bow and arrow has proven to be an effective way to decrease a high deer population like that in Medfield, said Sonja Christensen, a deer biologist and project leader with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife,...Christensen said that successful culls have also taken place in neighboring Dover as well as Acton, Andover, Boxborough, Braintree, Brewster, Concord, Duxbury, Lincoln, Marshfield, Stow, Sudbury, and Wilbraham.

Christensen said there is no “silver bullet” to reduce the number of deer or Lyme disease incidents in Medfield but added, “From a biological perspective, what we can say is – decreased deer equals decreased tick population equals decreased risk of infection.” [contradicts published literature, see research page]

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