New York Deer:  About 950,000 deer in 2018.  A mild 2015-16 winter increased populations into 2016 for an estimated 900,000 deer pre-hunt.  A modest population increase into 2017 to about 920,000 as the herd recovers from the harsh 2014-15 winter.  An estimated 680,000 deer in 2015 post-hunt, 880,000 pre-hunt.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical New York deer hunting data and news archive.

New York Deer News  

... the governor would lower the minimum hunting age for big game (deer, bear) with a firearm from 14 to 12, and expand the use of crossbows “in all big game seasons,” ...

Deer Squad Goes Global on Nickelodeon Channels January 13, 2021 New York, BusinessWire
... Nickelodeon will premiere CG-animated series Deer Squad in the U.S. following a successful run overseas... The adventure-rescue show follows four, lovable, enthusiastic and heroic deer friends—Kai, Lola, Bobbi and Rammy—who protect the animals of Central Forest and the humans who inhabit Platinum City ...

EHD affecting deer in parts of New York January 9, 2021 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... DEC confirmed recently that several white-tailed deer in the Putnam County towns of Nelsonville and Cold Spring, and near Goshen in Orange County, died after contracting EHD... EHD first showed up in New York in 2007 in Albany, Rensselaer, and Niagara counties, and in Rockland County in 2011..,

... The 42-inch iron statue and granite base, dedicated to the village’s celebrated, tame white-tailed deer that captured the hearts of many ... It’s been more than three years since Bella’s disappearance. Up until that point, she fearlessly walked the village streets ...

DEC Releases Draft Statewide Deer Management Plan November 27, 2020 New York, DEC News
... New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of a draft Deer Management Plan for New York State for public review and comment. The plan builds upon the progress made by DEC's first deer management plan, released in 2011, and will guide DEC's deer management actions to balance natural resource protection, public safety, and recreational and economic interests for the next 10 years. The draft plan is available on DEC's website and public comments will be accepted through Dec. 28, 2020...

Deer season starts, DEC urges hunters to stay local November 24, 2020 New York, Utica Observer Dispatch
... The DEC predicts this season to have about the same or slightly more deer population across the state, because a mild winter meant more deer survived..,

WPIX
... Animal advocates on Long Island were able to rescue a full grown doe with a paint can on her head in Long Island Sound on Saturday...

... The state Court of Appeals announced Thursday it has granted the town’s request to appeal a lower court ruling striking down a local ordinance that some say effectively bans bow hunting in most of Smithtown...

... . Councilman Jeff Russell (at Large), a retired city police officer, said he didn’t think the reasons supporting the proposal outweigh the concern for public safety. He pointed out that there have been very few car-deer accidents in the city over the years and also said the concern over someone’s shrubbery shouldn’t outweigh the concern for someone being possibly harmed by a bow hunter....

Opening Day of deer season is going to be exciting, but different November 16, 2020 New York, Hornell Evening Tribune
... New York state has sold three times the number of hunting licenses, due, according to the experts, mainly to the pandemic. Nearly $6.2 million was spent on deer licenses in the first two weeks when they were available this year in 2020 in August, compared to $3.5 million during the same time frame in 2019...

Head of the Harbor village,  Hunters kill tagged deer used in study, researcher says November 16, 2020 New York, Newsday
... "Killing tagged deer is very harmful to the research, since each one provides us with information on how long the contraceptive vaccine lasts and helps us understand how deer move around the village," Tufts University researcher Allen Rutberg ...

EHD, Deer disease taking toll on Hudson Valley, tougher hunt expected November 13, 2020 New York, The Journal News
... more than 1,450 whitetail deer carcasses have been found in Region 3 and there are likely many more ... Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is taking a toll on the herd here in the Hudson Valley...

... the current outbreak seems to be concentrated in the lower Hudson Valley, EHD may have spread elsewhere... Symptoms in deer include fever, hemorrhage in muscles or organs and swelling of the head, neck, tongue and lips. A deer that is infected may also look lame or dehydrated...

... will help to protect New York’s wildlife and deer from Chronic Wasting Disease... 

Wildlife facing food shortage for coming winter October 21, 2020 New York, MPNnow.com
... near total lack of acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts and many fruits such as apples and pears this fall...  The combination of snow and bitter cold temperatures in April and May ... Everything from deer to field mice will suffer ... many of the fawns will not make it through the coming winter. They simply will not survive the lack of food ..,

Deer, and the Island's attempts to control them October 21, 2020 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... White-tailed deer are native to Shelter Island ... European settlers cleared large parts of Long Island for farming, the kind of human activity that increases the deer population ... When Francis “Borax King” Smith ...created an estate on Shelter Island in the late 1890s, one of the amenities was a private deer park, which he populated with 40 western black-tailed mule deer ...

Shelter Island, Lack of 4-posters and closed hunting sites pose deer problem October 18, 2020 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... With the units gone and the flyover canceled Dr. Bevilacqua and Animal Control Officer Beau Payne told their committee colleagues it is impossible to measure culling efforts without a reliable estimate of the deer population...

EHD, Deadly deer virus hits New York hard October 15, 2020 New York, The West Milford Messenger
... As of mid-October, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had received 1,195 reports of sick or dead deer in seven counties... This is New York’s third outbreak ... epizootic hemorrhagic disease ... New York’s first EHD outbreak was in 2007 in Albany, Rensselaer, and Niagara counties, and the next cycle hit Rockland County in 2011..,

DeWitt, Funding for deer culling program cut October 13, 2020 New York, Eagle News Online
... The town has been notified that there will be no funding from Onondaga County for its deer control program, which costs about $35,000... “There’s an active group that tries to … disrupt the effectiveness of the deer control,” ...

Irondequoit, Deer management program underway in Irondequoit October 5, 2020 New York, Monroe County Post
... The town of Irondequoit’s annual deer management bow hunt program is underway ... Since the late 1990s ... Irondequoit Police Department administers the program ...

... DEC wildlife biologists have been receiving reports of dead and sick deer this fall and collected carcasses for testing at DEC’s Wildlife Health Unit in Delmar, Albany County. Tissue samples have been sent to the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University to confirm the presence of EHD..,

Police chase loose deer through Brooklyn for two hours September 30, 2020 New York, UPI.com
... Police said the animal had likely swam to Brooklyn from Staten Island ... The deer was taken to a forest preserve on Staten Island and released...

Majestic elk once called New York home September 26, 2020 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... everyone is familiar with the white-tailed deer. New York’s three other native deer species — elk, moose and caribou — all were killed off in the 1800s  ... New York’s white-tailed deer population was reduced to a fraction of its historical number. Moose were eliminated from New York but managed to repopulate the Adirondacks naturally, starting in the 1980s ...Caribou were probably never common in New York ..,

... The moose, a protected mammal in New York State, is the largest member of the deer family and the largest land mammal in New York... Vaughan was charged with four misdemeanors: taking of a moose ... 

EHD, Deer Are Dying in Hudson Valley at Alarming Rates September 24, 2020 New York, Hudson Valley Post
... Nearly 500 deer in the Hudson Valley have recently died from ... Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)... The EHD virus was first confirmed in New York in 2007 in Albany, Rensselaer, and Niagara counties ..,

... White-tailed deer are dying in Purgatory Swamp near Goshen. They're dying in Putnam County ... As of earlier this week, the DEC had tallied 321 total suspected EHD deer deaths. A total of 138 were east of the Hudson River and 183 were west of the Hudson ..,
     Updates made to the DEC on hemorrhagic disease to deer September 19, 2020 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
...a deer that was drooling or foaming at the mouth and seemed very unconcerned about its surroundings ... ...Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)  ...
     EHD, State IDs Fatal Deer Virus September 11, 2020 New York, Highlands Current
... dozens of dead white-tailed deer... the result of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease ... The disease first appeared in New York State in 2007 in Albany, Rensselaer and Niagara counties. Another outbreak occurred in Rockland County in 2011... The lack of previous exposure to the disease makes New York state deer especially vulnerable..,

... This new opportunity is consistent with the department’s efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate New York hunters ... the proposal is not being considered in the Northern Zone, as “deer may already be moving to wintering areas by late December...

... several white-tailed deer in the towns of Nelsonville and Cold Spring in Putnam County and near Goshen in Orange County died after contracting Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)..,

Alarming Number of Deer Are Dying in the Hudson Valley September 4, 2020 New York, Hudson Valley Post
... several white-tailed deer in the towns of Nelsonville and Cold Spring in Putnam County and near Goshen in Orange County died after contracting Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)... The EHD virus was first confirmed in New York in 2007 in Albany, Rensselaer, and Niagara counties ..,

New York Deer Season Forecasts August 17, 2020 DEC News
... We are now using the survey results, in combination with data on deer impacts on forest regeneration, to guide whether deer populations should increase, decrease, or stay the same in each Wildlife Management Unit Aggregate. Because deer can have profound and long-lasting negative impacts on forest ecosystems and personal property, keeping these impacts at a sustainable level is a top priority of our deer program.  The new target deer population trajectories are illustrated in the map to the below and are listed with each WMU in the regional unit-by-unit forecasts ...

Village seeks to regulate installation of deer fences July 21, 2020 New York, Newsday
... “People are obviously erecting deer fences now without asking anybody for permission,” ... Residents are divided on whether to allow hunting, and a Tufts University/Humane Society of the United States study of deer contraception that some hope will control the population is still at an early stage...

... DEC’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) helps qualifying landowners and resource managers implement site-specific deer management on their lands to address crop damage and forest regeneration problems and to conduct custom deer management. It also helps protect areas of sensitive and rare plants and enhances municipal deer harvest...

Batavia, City seeking public input on deer management plan July 13, 2020 New York, The Daily News Online
... The proposal for a Batavia Deer Management Program, put together by the city Deer Management Committee over eight months, would allow hunters to harvest [kill] 60 deer per year...

... Asked by Advance/SILive.com on Wednesday how he planned to continue curbing and maintaining the Island’s deer population when the program was still on hold, de Blasio was unable to articulate a plan for how the city would do so in lieu of the vasectomy program...
   NYC halts Staten Island deer vasectomy program amid budget cuts July 7, 2020 New York, New York Post
... We have temporarily placed our successful deer sterilization contract on hold for FY2 ... As of April, the city said 93 percent of Staten Island’s antlered deer had been sterilized ...  the price tag ballooned by nearly $1 million after the contractor said it found more deer than it had expected, with more than 2,000 counted...

... A frightened baby deer had fallen into a building window ... the animal, described as over-caffeinated, didn't appreciate the police officer's help ... repeatedly slide through his hands back into the well...

...The new owners of Deer Haven Park, the site near Seneca Lake where white deer roam, are getting set to open the park to drive-thru auto tours...

DEC is Seeking Reports of Moose Sightings June 10, 2020 New York, DEC
... DEC is asking the public to report moose sightings as part of ongoing efforts to monitor moose distribution in New York. Most of New York’s moose live in the Adirondacks, but we also have moose in portions of eastern New York along the border with Vermont and Massachusetts..,

... The program started in Fayettevlle in 2015... The town of Manlius joined Fayetteville in its deer management effort in 2018... 

... the program is not a one-and-done situation. He said the city expects to continue the program for “multiple years” to get closer to the optimum numbers of deer in a suburban/urban area (about 10 per square mile)... [disagreement on this number]

Staten Island, Deer population down 24% in Staten Island  May 27, 2020 New York, abc7NY
... The study also found an 84% decrease in births since the program began, which is connected to the number of deer sterilized in a bid to drive down the population...
SILive
... As of April, the city said 93% of the antlered males on Staten Island had been sterilized... The program saw the biggest population decrease of 10.4% from 2019 to 2020 when the borough’s herd dropped from 1,737 in 2019 to 1,555 in 2020...
2019 DEC deer harvest report: More older bucks taken across New York April 10, 2020 New York, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
... Of the total harvest statewide, 103,787 were antlerless deer and 120,403 were antlered. That represents a 9% decrease for antlerless and a 6% increase for bucks. But within that buck spectrum, 37% were yearlings (1.5 years old) and 41% were bucks older than 2.5 years. The yearling level is the lowest on record ...
No Chronic Wasting Disease detected in 2019 hunting season April 8, 2020 New York, Adirondack Almanack 
... The Department of Environmental Conservation tested 2,658 harvested deer across New York State for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the animals harvested by hunters in the 2019 season. No evidence of CWD was found...

Deer harvest in NY on par with last year, DEC estimates April 2, 2020 New York, recordonline.com
... In keeping with recent trends, hunters continued to pass up young bucks in favor of mature deer. Only 37% of the adult buck harvest were 1.5-year olds. DEC noted that for the first time, the 2.5-year-old buck harvest exceeded that of the 1.5-year olds... no Chronic Wasting Disease — CWD — detections in the 2,658 deer tested ...

St. Lawrence County deer harvest went up in 2019-20 March 31, 2020 New York,  North Country Now
... The proportion of bucks – defined as males at least a year and a half old – was more than half of the deer taken. Of the 5,806 deer taken in the county in 2019, 4,465 were bucks...

DEC releases 2019-20 deer harvest report March 30, 2020 New York, Auburn Citizen
...  hunters in New York harvested 224,190 deer this past season. The estimate includes 103,787 antlerless deer and 120,403 antlered bucks. This represents a 9% decrease in antlerless harvest and 6% increase for bucks...  Full Report

... About 130 of the deer slain because park officials said their overgrazing was destroying the landscape lived on the actual island ... The hunters, hired through a contractor, were focused on the Wilderness Area though they also targeted deer in other locations that had grown accustomed to people, partly through hand-feeding...

Some have lost patience with number of deer in village March 12, 2020 New York, Newsday
... Now in year two of six, the study is intended to test delivery methods and technologies for a long-lasting form of the immunocontraceptive PZP, which costs about $500 per deer to administer, plus $100 for dart-delivered annual boosters...

...This appears to be the first recent hunt the National Park Service has allowed on Fire Island, a 32-mile-long barrier island that sits off Suffolk’s southern coast... the park was created in 1964, says 54 deer were hunted from 1988 to 1989; then from 1993 to 2009, immunocontraception roughly halved the number of deer ...

Possible mountain lion sighted in the Hudson Valley February 21, 2020 New York, Hudson Valley One
... Mountain lions have not had a native, self-sustaining population in the New York State since the late 1800s ... The name “cougar” means “false deer” in Tupi, the language of an Amazonian people ... They kill about a deer a week ...

Vassar, Lawyer takes aim at Vassar College deer slaughter February 10, 2020 New York, Mid-Hudson News
... Vassar claims that it kills to preserve “biodiversity” at the Farm, due to “deer overpopulation”... The deer carcasses from Vassar’s own kills have shown that the local deer are perfectly healthy. As to “’biodiversity”, Vassar cannot identify even one species presently impacted by deer...

... hunters were interested in implementing an Antler Point Restriction (APR) with the goal of increasing the number of bucks that reach the 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 age group... Hunter success rate stayed the same with 82.7% of the harvest at six points or better up from 55% the year before ...

... Connecticut and New York-based Friends of Animals filed a lawsuit in U.S. Eastern District Court in 2016 claiming officials at Fire Island National Seashore and the National Park Service did not adhere to the National Environmental Policy Act ...  plan calls for the quick eradication of 80% of the deer population ...

... “I’ve had this conversation with the NYPD and I would urge the congressman to talk to the NYPD,” de Blasio continued. “They are very much opposed to hunting taking place in a borough with half a million people in close proximity to each other, in close proximity to the wooded areas, it’s as simple as this.” ...

  Nassau County police rescue 2 deer stuck in fence in Muttontown January 7, 2020 New York, ABC 7 New York
... One of the officers used a car jack to loosen the gate and set the two deer free, unharmed...

DEC investigating moose sighting in Floyd January 6, 2020 New York, Rome Sentinel
... there are about 400 to 500 moose in New York State and that it is not uncommon to see such animals in the winter... Bulls weigh from 600 to 1,200 pounds and stand up to 6 feet tall at the shoulder ..,

CNY village of Pulaski erecting statue of Bella, its beloved deer January 2, 2020 New York, newyorkupstate.com
... A group of community-minded residents and business officials are working on keeping the memory of a Bella, a beloved white-tailed deer that disappeared back in 2017, alive for generations to come.  The group, P.R.O.P. (Preservation and Revitalization of Pulaski), has raised more than $3,500 in donations and grant money to build a bronze statue of Bella ...

City resumes year four of deer vasectomies to cut population December 31, 2019 New York, SILive
... After the first phase of the $4.1 million three-year program ended, the city decided to award White Buffalo another $2.5 million contract for five more years of vasectomies...

State announces new deer and moose feeding regulations December 27, 2019 New York, Buffalo News
... new measures Friday to curb unnecessary feeding of wild deer and moose but allow for the use of tick-control devices designed to treat deer...  the new regulations ...  Regulatory Impact Statement ...

Seneca White Deer declines $50,000 offer from county December 23, 2019 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... Earl Martin, the owner of the 3,000-acre conservation area where the white deer and other elements of the tour are located, charges the group $8,400 a month in rent, and tour revenues are not enough to meet that obligation...
     Seneca white deer tours will return, Earl Martin says December 17, 2019 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... Owner Earl Martin said Monday that final scheduled tour won’t be the last one, though he said, “Seneca White Deer will no longer be providing that service.  There will likely be tours again soon, managed by a different team,” ...
     Former Seneca Army Depot owner promises to keep protecting white deer herd December 16, 2019 New York, syracuse.com
...  the former Seneca Army Depot said he plans to continue protecting and preserving the depot’s celebrated white deer herd, despite news that guided tours by the not-for-profit Seneca White Deer group are ending later this month...
     Seneca, Last chance to see rare white deer at the former Seneca Army Depot December 13, 2019 New York, WROC-TV
... The board says revenue and donations weren’t enough to cover the cost of operations...

... This is the second year university officials have allowed bowhunters on the grounds to thin the herd. The number of deer taken last year has not been released...

... the city expressed concern over jurisdiction disputes and decided to move forward with the Island’s controversial deer vasectomy program -- an effort that extended to a total of eight years and ballooned to $6.6 million.  Though the city has touted a 15 percent drop in the Island’s deer herd since the vasectomy program launched in 2016 ...

Feds to begin culling deer this week in Syracuse December 2, 2019 New York, Syracuse.com
... The Common Council authorized the shooters and approved $55,000 to pay them in October... professionals from the United States Department of Agriculture will establish bait traps for deer. After several weeks, sharpshooters will be deployed to take out deer feeding at those traps...

Controlled deer hunt scheduled at Binghamton University Nature Preserve December 27, 2019 New York, pressconnects.com 
... In December 2011, BU was only a few days away from a deer  ...cull during its winter break that would have killed 90 percent of the campus’ deer ... Objections and contentious public meetings ensued. A lawsuit ... this is the second year university officials have allowed bowhunters on the grounds ...

  DEC Officers Help Deer With Plastic Halloween Pumpkin November 27, 2019 New York, Patch on MSN.com
... Two environmental conservation officers helped a yearling deer knock a plastic Halloween pumpkin bucket off its head...

DEC regulations to protect NY deer, moose from CWD November 17, 2019 New York, Hornell Evening Tribune
... hunters are now prohibited from returning to New York State with whole carcasses of deer, elk, moose, or caribou harvested outside of New York... [also increased] the ease with which DEC’s Environmental Conservation Police Officers can enforce DAM regulations to ensure compliance by owners of captive cervids ...

Tradition keeps deer hunters coming back on 'opening day' November 15, 2019 New York, WIVB.com - News 4
... The number of licensed hunters in New York State has dropped about 30% over the last 30 years, but ‘opening day’ of gun season deer hunting on Saturday is still a big deal in Western New York ...

Deer season brings dangers for drivers  October 19, 2019 New York, Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
... the bucks start checking out the does for mating season, and this too often puts deer where you normally may not see them. Later in November when the gun season opens, the deer are really getting pushed around ... estimated that there are about 65,000 deer-vehicle collisions annually in New York state...

How many deer has DeWitt killed in 2 years? Not nearly enough, feds say October 16, 2019 New York, Syracuse.com (blog)
... Perhaps most controversial is the proposal to trap live deer and kill them. “In areas where deer densities are high and shooting is not a feasible option under the current regulations, (Wildlife Service) recommends live trapping deer,” [non-lethal control] ... 

Chronic Wasting Disease poses threat to deer in New York October 16, 2019 New York, Buffalo News
... CWD was identified in the Empire State in two captive deer facilities in 2005 and in two wild deer nearby, all in Central New York. Since that time, no additional cases have been found. New York is now the only state not to detect CWD after the initial outbreak..,

DeWitt, USDA recommends live deer trapping for DeWitt, Supervisor says 'no' October 15, 2019 New York, WSYR
... the USDA has recommended DeWitt do live deer trapping this coming winter... “There is a bill in front of the Governor now that we hope he signs that will actually expand the range in the numbers of locations we will be able to cull,” Michalenko said...

Lansing, Crossbows Allowed in Village Deer Control Program October 11, 2019 New York, The Lansing Star Online
... Village of Lansing trustees voted 4-0 Monday to permit the use of crossbows ... The program was launched in 2007 ... "I like to watch deer, but I don't like to watch cars kill them.  That's the equation we have to deal with." ...

Syracuse plans to start culling deer in December October 7, 2019 New York, syracuse.com
...  council today unanimously approved contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a local butcher. Councilors said they voted in favor of using sharp shooters because the deer pose health risks such as Lyme disease [deer and risk of Lyme disease]... 

Syracuse Common council finalizes deer culling plan October 2, 2019 New York, The Daily Orange
... the group proposed an official “trap and kill” method as the most efficient way to reduce the overwhelming amount of deer in residential areas...  estimated that there are 50 deer per square mile in the city’s Eastside ...

  Rescue Workers Free Deer From Lacrosse Net On Long Island September 22, 2019 New York, CBS Boston 
... its neck was tilted back in the net ... The frightened animal kicked and flailed, but Floridia [Strong Island Animal Rescue]  was able to cut him loose ...

Crossbows to be Allowed for Village Deer Population Management September 20, 2019 New York, Lansing Star
... "We have a group of hunters who are becoming more aged," Hartill said. "A 75 pound pull on a compound bow might be a little difficult... the program began 13 years ago ... 

Staten Island,  City will spend another $2.5M to resume deer vasectomies for five more years September 16, 2019 MIchigan, SILive.com
... As of May 2019, the Parks Department said 98 percent of the Island’s male antlered deer were sterilized and that since the program launched in 2016, the population of the borough’s herd has dropped by 15 percent. The Parks Department also said fawn births have decreased by 77 percent...

Sick buck deer in Le Roy had brain abscess August 30, 2019 New York, The Daily News Online
...  “In white-tailed bucks, brain abscess can form when bacteria enter wounds in the velvet of a buck’s antler, a broken antler, or the base of a recently shed or damaged antler,” ...
   DEC kills 10-point buck that was walking in circles for hours August 21, 2019 New York, The Daily News Online
...The deer was sent to Cornell Wildlife Health Lab for a full necropsy and examination for brain injuries or infection, including testing for chronic wasting disease...

DEC Plans Changes to Deer, Moose Policies   August 11, 2019 New York, adirondackalmanack.com
... Proposed changes include:  Expanding the prohibition on the importation of carcasses and carcass parts of CWD-susceptible animals to include all jurisdictions outside of New York;  Clarifying that the only parts of CWD-susceptible animals that may be imported into New York are deboned meat, cleaned skull cap, antlers with no flesh ... see the proposed rules and procedure for public comment by October 7, 2019

2019 New York State Forecast August 2019 New York, DEC News
... For the 2019-20 deer hunting season, we expect the statewide buck harvest to be similar to 2018 and the antlerless harvest to increase slightly... The 2018-19 winter was mild across nearly all of the state, resulting in strong overwinter survival. Then, deer had ample forage through spring and early summer this year as the generally wet conditions led to a quick green-up of native forbs and abundant soft masts. This is in stark contrast to the dry conditions across most of the state during the early growing season last summer...

...  create a formal deer cull for the late winter months with DEC permits issued to hunters. A more costly option would be to hire sharpshooters or task city police with the job of culling deer in a similar fashion.  The most expensive option ... would be to sterilize the deer through surgical or chemical contraceptive means ...

...  this rulemaking proposes to define the application procedures and conditions for issuance of a permit for the use of a 4-Poster Tickicide, including the requirement that automated feeding devices used with a 4-Poster be used only in the context of a comprehensive management approach that also addresses local deer abundance...    Here are the proposed regulations ... Comment by September 1, 2019 by email to wildliferegs@dec.ny.gov or by mail to Game Management Section, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754. Comments will be accepted through Sept. 1

Expert testifies on deadly deer disease to House committee July 2, 2019 New York, Cornell Chronicle
... “Chronic wasting disease is the most serious threat facing wild deer and elk populations in North America today,” said Schuler, who has been studying the disease since 2002. In that time, she has seen it spread to 26 states, four Canadian provinces and four countries outside of North America: Finland, Norway, South Korea and Sweden...

... Devices installed on the stations, known as posters, are laced with insecticide, so when deer are lured into the stations with bait, the tick repellent is applied to the deer and kill any ticks found on the animals... the city has chosen to focus on fighting ticks on the Island’s mice by setting up bait boxes around the borough ...

Staten Island, Would You Support A Proposed Staten Island Deer Bow Hunt? June 21, 2019 New York, CBS New York
... [at last check the poll was at 92 percent "NO"] “New Yorkers really revere their wildlife and do not want their communities turned into killing fields,” said Edita Birnkrant, the executive director of animal rights organization NYCLASS...

Staten Island, A controlled bow hunt to reduce Staten Island’s deer population? The state is open to the idea, Oddo says June 19, 2019 New York,  Staten Island Advance
... We are encouraged by the results of our sterilization work. We will continue our ongoing dialogue with Borough President Oddo and state DEC as we pursue innovative ways to reduce the impact of deer in Staten Island,” said Parks Department spokeswoman Crystal Howard...

Syracuse, Common Council approves using sharpshooters to kill deer in Syracuse June 17, 2019 CNYcentral.com
... The Syracuse Tick and Deer Management Advisory Group recommended the plan that was approved Monday... using USDA sharpshooters...

... A detailed cost breakdown of the three-year program obtained by the Advance showed that just 7.6 percent of the $4.1 million program went toward supplies to sterilize the borough’s bucks and bait to lure them.  The rest of the $3.7 million in funding for the program was used to pay senior scientists, wildlife biologists and technicians ...  city’s search for a new deer vasectomy contractor ...

... several thaws and warmer-than-average temperatures may have helped deer get through the winter... Portions of New York experienced mild drought, which lessened production and nutrition of grasses, forbs, and soft mast (berries, cherries, apples). Then, hard mast (acorns, beechnuts) production was lower than average as well ..,

... The proposal calls for creating three 1-plus acre deer exclosures around Southold's town preserves to keep deer away and protect some of the native plants there that are often eaten by deer...

... down 15 percent, or 316 deer, from the first population count, which found approximately 2,053 here in January 2017... a 77% decrease in fawn births ... 98% of the antlered males on Staten Island had been sterilized ... our humane strategy to confront the large deer population is working,” Mayor Bill de Blasio  ...

...  a pregnant doe darted into traffic was struck by a passing vehicle.  ... delivered the fragile baby from its dying mother, performed CPR, and helped it find a home...

...  The loss of habitat is driving wild game like deer out of the woods and into the suburbs, said Jeff Jondle, president of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.  "The number one taker of the deer is the Buick," ... The number of hunting license holders in Western New York has fallen by more than 20% over the past decade...

This winter was easy on deer May 16, 2019 New York, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
... “Portions of New York experienced mild drought, which lessened production and nutrition of grasses, forbs, and soft mast (berries, cherries, apples). Then, hard mast (acorns, beechnuts) production was lower than average as well, so many deer went into winter with reduced fat reserve,” the DEC explained in its Hunting and Trapping newsletter. “November’s snowfall was double its average. Deep, heavy snow blanketed much of NY, hampering deer movements to late season food sources. Bucks burned more energy searching for does during the rut as well.”..,

Port Jefferson, Locals protest against killing deer in Port Jefferson May 15, 2019 New York, TBR News Media
... The mayor said that no decisions have yet been made on the issue of deer population, and at the meeting left it open to any forms of suggestions, saying for the moment, the code restricting hunting remains on the books...
     Activists To Protest Village Considering Hunters To Reduce Deer May 6, 2019 New York, Patch.com
... Port Jefferson could and should should use non-palatable plants, deterrent tools, and immunocontraception to humanely manage deer," the group said on Facebook...

Syracuse to develop solutions to rising deer population April 28, 2019 New York, Daily Orange
... The largest concern ... survey found that 47% of residents were concerned about the spread of Lyme disease from tick bites [culls not generally effective against Lyme] ... “Deer population have been moving north at a pretty good clip since the 70s from downstate areas, like the Catskills, and even Pennsylvania,” ...

... officials are considering hiring hunters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to kill deer after the summer tourism season, Garant said. The USDA charges about $50,000 a year for three years of the service ...

... 25 deer were shot and killed in the 1-square-mile Mastic Beach park ... Fire Islanders, many of whom opposed the hunts in public comments on the Seashore’s plan, say the deer are exceptionally tame, and accustomed to eating hand-fed treats...

Deer harvest report up for hunters in 2018 April 10, 2019 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... The increase in antlerless harvest is a welcome change from the lower-than-desired antlerless harvest in 2017... 58.8 percent: Percentage of all adult bucks harvested that was 2.5 years or older. That's the highest in New York history, the DEC said, and up from 40 percent a decade ago...

... Report contains annual data back to 1954 and details on the 2018-19 season..,

Southold deer harvest reaches record numbers once again April 9, 2019 New York, Suffolk Times
... For the second consecutive year, Southold Town saw record high numbers in its deer management program for the 2018 hunting season, which ran from October to the end of January.  The total harvest for the regular and nuisance season was 339 ...

Staten Island, City spending $600000 to fight ticks, Lyme April 7, 2019 New York, SILive.com
... funding is going after the Island’s mice, rather than deer, which experts have said has played a significant role in the spread of Lyme in the borough... will buy $25 bait boxes that will trap mice ... [four poster] stations are too expensive to maintain and that only some studies have shown the stations can reduce tick populations...

Legislation seeks coyote management plan from DEC March 28, 2019 New York, Legislative Gazette
... researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry estimated that there are about 14,500 breeding pairs of coyotes in New York during the summer months..,

... The $248,290 grant from Avalon Park and Preserve will fund a six-year study by The Humane Society of the United States and scientists from Tufts University... will test tools for using PZP, an immunocontraceptive vaccine, on female deer in the sanctuary and other parts of the village...

... seriously injured a deer, which was then put down by Town of Tonawanda police, is under investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation...

... One of the plaintiffs, Animal Welfare Institute, expressed disappointment in the judge's decision ... " ... the National Park Service has protected these deer, but now the agency wants to implement a cruel plan based on dubious claims that deer damage estate plants," ...

... Critics also say parks officials have failed to keep up with the latest methods for limiting herds.  In January, for example, researchers in Head of the Harbor began testing facial recognition software, drone-mounted infrared cameras and dart-delivered contraceptives to track, count and contain the deer population...

... On March 13, 2005, a fire company in Oneida County, New York, fed the meat of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease to 200 to 250 people... , observed conditions, including vision loss, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight changes, hypertension and arthritis, were credited to old age...

Latest Suffolk deer culling hits legal snag February 20, 2019 New York, News 12 Long Island 
... The hunt was scheduled to begin Wednesday, but three out-of-state animal rights groups filed lawsuits. On Tuesday, a federal judge granted one of the groups a temporary restraining order...
     National Park Service Sued to Stop Deer Kill on Fire Island February 18, 2019 New York, Animal Welfare Institute
... filed for a temporary restraining order ... against ... the National Park Service (NPS) to halt a planned deer kill this month, which violates an existing agreement between the wildlife conservation groups and park officials... failing to take a “hard look” at reasonable alternatives ...

... “We are on track to meet our goal of sterilizing 98% of bucks. In order to preserve the high percentage of sterilized males, Parks is soliciting Expressions of Interest from vendors for a five-year contract to continue the population control study,” ...

... According to many wildlife experts, coyotes started appearing in New York in the 1920s... Current estimates put the population at 30,000 to 40,000 animals. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry coyote surveys have estimated that there are approximately 14,500 breeding pairs here in the state...

New York Moose Study January 30, 2019 New York, DEC News
... As part of a multi-year collaborative research project to better understand New York’s moose population (NY Moose Study), DEC wildlife staff recently completed the fifth annual aerial survey of moose in the Adirondack Park... Data from these surveys will refine our estimate the moose population ...

East Hampton, Heartbreaking Deer Tale, Man's Message: 'All Life Is Precious" January 29, 2019 New York, USA Patch
  ... a deer was being chased down by four "unleashed and unattended dogs" who "viciously attacked" the yearling buck... Although its neck was injured, it was lifting its head up and down normally and drinking water... got a call that the deer had tripped at another spot, falling over a pile of deer fencing, and landing on its head, breaking its neck...

DEC uses DNA tests to ticket son, mother for illegal deer hunting January 23, 2019 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... a deer had been shot at 1:30 a.m ... DNA results confirmed a match between the blood gathered in the field and the evidence taken from the carcass ...

... facial recognition software, drone-mounted infrared cameras and a dart-delivered contraceptive to track, count and contain a white-tailed deer population ... Allen Rutberg ... at Tufts University... could improve the cost-effectiveness and practicality of the immunocontraceptive vaccine PZP...

Early antler drop points back to early rut peak January 21, 2019 January 21, 2019 Wellsville Daily Reporter
... Whitetail bucks undergo a type of osteoporosis in the summer months as they grow their antlers...  the necessary minerals and elements can’t be found in the woods and processed quickly enough ...

34 amazing Upstate New York moose photos January 11, 2019 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... How many moose are there in New York and where exactly can they be found? ... Several agencies ... are working together on a multi-year research project to figure that all out... The DEC would like to hear from you and has a "Moose Sighting Report Form" on its website ..,

  Nature up close: White deer January 10, 2019 New York, CBS News
... part of the largest known population of white deer in the world, which is centered at the old Seneca Munitions Depot in Seneca County, New York,] ... White deer can result from two primary genetic mutations, leucism and albinism...

   Have you see this ‘exotic’ deer? DEC wants this invader shot January 10, 2019 New York, Upstate New York
... discovered pictures of the sika stag on his trail camera in November on private land in the town of Granby in Oswego County ... native to Japan and Eastern Asia ...

Deer-vehicle collisions continue on upward trend in 2018 January 3, 2019 New York, Staten Island Advance 
... In April, the city announced the Island’s deer population dropped by 8 percent from 2,053 in 2017 to 1,884 in 2018...  the Island’s deer population stands somewhere between 1,793 and 1,975 and that the city contractor performing the vasectomies needs to sterilize just 74 to 125 more deer to reach its goal of sterilizing 98 percent of Island bucks by the end of the three-year program...

Teens, neighbors work together to save drowning deer January 2, 2019 New York, WKRN-TV 
... chipping of the ice scared the deer farther into the center of the pond... I put my drone up in the air ...  scare it that direction toward the shoreline...


New York Data:   About 950,000 deer in 2018, DEC analysis.  Populations are up after a few mild winters into 2019.  A stable to slightly increased population in 2020 from a relatively mild winter.   The mild 2015-16 winter increased deer populations into 2016, about 900,000 pre-hunt.  Drought in 2016 for western New York.  The 2016-17 hunting data indicates a modest increase into 2017.  The herd continues to recover after significant declines in 2014 and 2015 from harsh winters in 2011-14.  About 680,000 deer in 2015 post-hunt, 880,000 pre-hunt.  Antlerless permits, reduced by  20 to 30 percent in parts of the state to grow the herd.  The 2015 deer harvest fell by 15 percent reflecting a harsh 2014-15 winter.  About 750,000 deer in 2014 post-hunt, 1,000,000 pre-hunt. The 2014 harvest fell by about 2 percent.  Estimated post-hunt population of 800,000 deer in the state in 2013, pre-hunt 1,050,000.  A little over a million deer in 2004.  Increasing coyote predation.  Relatively stable population with some good forest managment, logging, and habitat projects.  Population density is mixed with some areas down such as the Adirondacks due to mature forests and in some areas due to coyote predation. 
     In 2015, the DEC curtailed the harvest of antlerless deer in portions of Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Franklin counties to increase the population, and increase the harvest of antlerless deer in  all or portions of Suffolk, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, Westchester, Albany, Niagara, Erie, Wyoming, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Steuben, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca and Cayuga counties to reduce the population.  A total of 626,389 permits were issue in 2015, down 45,393 from 2014.  Two harsh winters in 2013-14 and 2014-15 reduced deer populations in the north and central regions.  The graph below comes from the New York deer hunting forecast for 2016.  "Statewide, we are anticipating deer harvests to be slightly lower in 2015 than in 2014, largely due to some deer mortality this past winter and resulting reductions in antlerless permits in parts of the state."  In 2015, the harvest fell by about 15 percent; 47 percent of the bucks were yearlings.
    In 2014 deer populations were above goals in 35 percent of the state so the DEC encouraged hunters to take does in central and western New York.  In much of the state, deer are below target populations.  A mild 2011 - 2012 winter resulted in a greater survival rate for fawns and an abundance of apples and nuts in 2013 provided food for many types of wildlife. From 550,00 to 500,000 hunters take about 220,000 deer per year, about 25 percent on opening day. The state has increased antlerless harvests to reduce the population, but the harvest still favors bucks over does so a population increase is not unexpected.  
     In 2014, bucks accounted for 45.5% of the harvest.  In 2014, 52 percent of the bucks in areas without antler restrictions were 1.5 years old compared to 48 percent statewide.  In 2013, 48 percent of the herd was 2.5 years or older, up from 28 percent in 2000.  48 percent of the bucks killed in 2013 were 2.5 years or older, up from about 28 percent in the 1990's.  Antler restrictions have been imposed in some areas, Quality Deer Management and other factors have influenced hunter decisions to help normalize herd demographics. About $35 million in license sales and federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition.  
        Peak conception day was found to be November 14 from a study in 2007-09 with the peak range from Nov. 9 through Nov. 20.
     Chronic wasting disease was first and last reported in the state in 2005.  It was apparently brought to New York after a taxidermist disposed of infected tissue from a trophy head brought from out of state.  Quick response from the state apparently prevented the disease from spreading.
     Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease The disease first appeared in New York State in 2007 in Albany, Rensselaer and Niagara counties. Another outbreak occurred in Rockland County in 2011 and the third in 2020.
Source:  New York DEC 2021 Deer Management Plan

     History:  Deer were abundant  abundant in New York during the 1600's.  "
Henry Hudson found deer in the valley which now bears his name, and Champlain likewise found them in the Mohawk lowlands. Edson and Merrill (1894: 40) quoted from letters
written in 1687 by Baron LaHouton about that part of Chautauqua
County between the highlands and Lake Erie: "I cannot express what
quantities of deer and turkeys are to be found in these woods ..."  From History of White-tailed Deer in New York, p. 134, which describes the distribution and abundance of deer in New York in pre-Colonial times and from the Colonial Period through the mid-1950s.  "When European settlers arrived in New York ... Relatively high densities of deer lived in open areas maintained by Native Americans primarily through periodic burning." From 2021 Deer Management Plan, p. 11.
     Deer were nearly exterminated from New York by 1890.  The last recorded deer sightings in the western Southern Tier region was in 1881 near Independence, Allegany County.  The deer population rose to an estimated 450,000 in 1978 and 800,000 in 1988.  Harsh winters in 1948-49 and 1983-84 killed a large percentage of the deer herd, reportedly 80 percent in some areas.  The winter of 1978-79 was also severe.  Deer population estimate 2009-2014, page 62.
     Suburbs provide ideal deer habitat where deer thrive and have caused conflicts in areas such as Long Island and Cayuga Heights where deer management strategies are a matter of public controversy.  Although deer were native to Staten Island, they were hunted to extinction by the early 1900's.  The press often makes an issue of the population growth, citing percentage increases from the very low numbers in recent history. 
     Moose  About 400 to 500 moose in 2019 An estimated 400 moose in 2018 in the Adirondacks, where the majority of the animals are found.   About 800 in 2010  near the Adirondacks.  Native to New York, moose disappeared from the state in the 1860's largely due to habitat change and unregulated hunting.  Returned in 1980, moving in from neighboring states.
     Elk  No elk in New York.  The last elk in New York was killed in 1847.  Unsuccessful attempts were made to restore elk from 1900 to 1940 in the Adirondacks.
     Bears  About 2,500 brown bears
     Cougar  Eastern cougars were in New York until around 1900, but are now considered extinct.  In the 1880's dozens were shot by  bounty hunters, mostly in the Adirondacks.  A cougar sighted in 2010 came from South Dakota and was killed by a car in Connecticut. 
     Coyote  An estimated 14,500 breeding pairs of coyotes in 2017, 30,000 to 40,00 coyotes.
Report Sick Deer:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. Report sightings to its office in Ray Brook by calling 518-897-1200. Or report it to your nearest DEC regional wildlife office (www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html).
Other useful links:
-  New York Department of Environmental Conservation.   General Mission:    DMP Quota Setting   - Google map of Wildlife Management Units (WMUs)   - Public Input on Hunting Regulations    - Citizen Science: Wildlife Observation Data Collection 
-  Cornell University Integrated Deer Research and Management Study: The goal is to reduce deer associated complaints using fertility control research, fencing, and repellents.
CayugaDeer,org information about deer management in the city of Cayuga Heights.
Senecawhitedeer.org proposes a tourist facility at the former Depot that would feature not only the white deer, but the fascinating military history of the site and the other wildlife “beyond the fence.”      -  Animal Defenders of Westchester
East Hampton Group for Wildlife: promotes respect for all species of wildlife and explores humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.