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  

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...

NYC's deer sterilization boss is making the big bucks December 29, 2018 New York, New York Post
... Mayor de Blasio’s deer-vasectomy project ... Dr. Anthony DeNicola, founder of the nonprofit White Buffalo Inc., was paid up to $2,500 a day ... more than $603,000 in the first two years ... DeNicola’s wife Vickie ... paid $1,600 a day for 150 days of work – a total of $240,000 for a job that typically pays just $29,968 a year, according to Ziprecruiter.com ...

CBS to feature Seneca White Deer segment Sunday morning December 28, 2018 New York, Finger Lakes Times 
...  “CBS Sunday Morning” visited the former depot to take video of the famous white deer herd for the program... Seneca White Deer, with headquarters and a welcome center on Route 96A, conducts 90-minute, narrated bus tours ...

Early reports indicate large deer harvest December 27, 2018 New York, MPNnow.com
... Through Dec. 16, hunters reported taking approximately 14 percent more deer in the Northern Zone and 11 percent more deer in the Southern Zone, compared to the same period in 2017. ... In the 2016-17 license year, hunters spent $22 million on deer hunting licenses ...

A Fading Tradition: White-tailed Deer Hunting in New York State December 20, 2018 New York, uctangerine.com
... According to a 2016 survey ...by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), 3.5 percent of the U.S. population participated in hunting-related activities... in 1991 ...roughly 5.6 percent  ... participation in wildlife-watching and fishing increased by 11.5 percent and .6 percent from 1991 to 2016...

White Deer, Inc. Looks Forward to 2019 December 18, 2018 New York, Ithaca Times
... about 70 to 80 white deer on the site ... Marketing has been the big challenge... visit their website at senecawhitedeer.org ...

... In the first year of the program, one senior scientist charged with “capture and sterilization” earned $375,000 for just 150 days of work... Two other wildlife biologists also tasked with capturing and sterilizing deer, together earned $558,000 for 150 days of work ... 

... “There’s a bit of debate about how low you want the deer population to be,” said Dylan Horvath, Binghamton's steward of natural resources. “It seems to be 10 to 15 deer per square mile if you have a healthy, balanced ecosystem. If you want the ecosystem to recover, it needs to be less – maybe eight per square mile. [a recent U.S. Forest Service study puts the optimal deer number at 15 to 28 per square mile, below 10 allows too much underbrush] ...

Crews are standing by to possibly rescue the stranded deer. - December 12, 2018 New York


Deer season is here December 10, 2018 New York, Westside News ·
... Each year, more than 500,000 deer hunters contribute nearly $690 million to New York State’s economy through hunting related expenses, the purchase of hunting licenses and federal excise taxes. Hunters generate over $35 million to support the management activities of NYSDEC...

It has been an overwhelmingly successful stretch of 24 months for the folks at Seneca White Deer, Inc. - December 8, 2018 New York


Two Fort Ann men arrested after strange deer poaching case December 5, 2018 New York, The Post-Star 
... illegally shot a four-point buck from the passenger window of a pickup truck ... placed it in the back of the truck.  But the buck was not dead, regained consciousness and bolted from the back of the truck...

Contractor doing vasectomies discussed training NYPD on how to euthanize deer December 4, 2018 New York, Staten Island Advance ·
... If a deer is found critically injured -- often as a result of a deer-vehicle collision -- Lalor said the NYPD will sedate the deer until Animal Care Centers arrives to pick up the animal.  ACC then humanely euthanize the deer at a shelter ...

Deer killed in NY Southern Zone firearms opener similar to 2017 numbers November 30, 2018 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... "Deer harvest reports through Nov. 18, are within 1 percent of reports through the same period in 2017, in both the Northern and Southern zones," DEC said...

Mass killing of deer must be prosecuted November 27, 2018 New York, The Daily Star 
... In the middle of the night last week, eight deer were slaughtered along a road in the town of Milford. A buck, several does and their fawns were shot. Some were killed instantly, others left for dead. ...

Rocky Point,  Rescuers help deer with plastic pumpkin stuck on its head November 26, 2018 New York, News 12 Long Island 
... Rescuers helped free a deer in Rocky Point that had a a plastic pumpkin stuck on its head...

 Rescuers Searching For Baby Deer With Container Stuck on Head November 25, 2018 New York, USA Patch 
... "She will die if not caught and the container removed," Save-A-Pet said. "We do not know how long she has been without water or food ...

The Rescue


Remain vigilant of diseases like CWD November 21, 2018 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... the 2005 discovery of CWD in Oneida County. Lack of due diligence on the part of a wildlife rehabilitator/taxidermist in upstate Oneida County ended up exposing whitetails to the disease. He had handled a deer from the west or midwest. By the time the danger was over, seven deer were found with CWD in the area of his facility..,

Good crop of deer forecast as regular big game season opens Saturday November 16, 2018 New York, Olean Times Herald
.. After a few years of mild winters, there’s a bumper crop of 2- and 3-year-old deer ... Southern Tier deer management units seem to have ample numbers of deer ..,
Manlius, Deer culling agreement in Manlius approved, met with some opposition November 16, 2018 New York, Eagle News Online
... Upon opening the public hearing, resident Wendy Scherer, ecology professor at Le Moyne College, questioned the board’s data, including incidents of Lyme disease, if a census was taken and how big the town’s deer population is.  “My perception of the neighborhood is that I’m seeing far less deer,” ...

White-tails NY’s big game kings forever November 4, 2018 New York, Uticaod
... White-tails and their relatives ... are believed to have migrated from Asia at least a million years ago ... Deer numbers began to drop dramatically in the middle of the 19th century ... land was cleared for farming ... unregulated subsistence hunting. By 1890, white-tailed deer were considered rare to non-existent outside of the central Adirondacks..,

...  the proportion of older bucks in the deer harvest has never been higher. In 2017, three out of every four antlered bucks were 2.5 years old or older, and this remarkable accomplishment happened with hunters freely able to choose what type of buck they want to harvest..,

... The former Seneca Army Depot, about 57 miles (92 kilometers) southwest of Rochester, was the U.S. Army's main East Coast munitions storage facility for six decades until it was decommissioned in 2000. Now it's home to approximately 75 white deer...

Deer Antlers Couldn’t Grow So Fast Without These Genes October 30, 2018 New York, The New York Times
... researchers say they have identified the two genes primarily responsible for antler regeneration in one species, red deer. The study, reported Tuesday in the Journal of Stem Cell Research and Therapy, notes that these genes are also found in humans, potentially opening new avenues of research into bone trauma and diseases...

... Both Maher and PETA in its release noted that deer populations "can be managed with contraceptive vaccines, fencing, repellants and other methods that are both humane and effective." ...

  Islanders struggle to free deer from South Avenue fence; Deer dies shortly after October 26, 2018 New York, Staten Island Advance
... the deer’s back legs were jammed between two metal bars no more than eight inches apart... When the Advance arrived at the scene at 4 p.m., the deer was found dead in the Bloomfield Conservancy...

Sagaponack to Hold Deer Fence Hearing October 25, 2018 New York, The East Hampton Star 
... The change would allow the board to grant fence permits to bona fide farmers who want to protect cash crops, while denying permits to homeowners who want to grow fruits and vegetables...

PSC students want your (deer) blood October 26, 2018 New York, Adirondack Daily Enterprise 
.... Deer processors from most counties are volunteering to take a small blood sample from each deer they process  .. funded by the state Senate Task Force on Lyme and other Tick Borne Diseases, are doing research through the Adirondack Watershed Institute on Powassan, a tick-borne virus...

Southampton Village Board Rejects Proposed Deer Fence Plan October 16, 2018 New York, 27east.com
... Following a long discussion weighing the merits of either using 8-foot-high fences or bow hunting to control the local deer population, the Southampton Village Board last week narrowly rejected a measure to allow residents to install the fences, 3-2.,,

CWD plan offers hope, opportunity for answers October 12, 2018 New York, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
... New York ... found CWD ... in a captive herd in 2005. A containment and testing zone was established and quickly found two positive CWD cases in wild whitetail deer living near the enclosure. Quick measures and strict regulations stopped the problem there ... no more positive cases have turned up ..,

Despite the weather, a decent start for big-game seasons October 12, 2018 New York, Glens Falls Post-Star (blog)
...  this year they are finding that beechnut counts are very low, following 2017 when the numbers were the highest recorded since 1998 ...  in most oak stands the number of acorns is fair at best... 

PETA Calls for End to Deer Hunting in Cornell-Owned Sapsucker Woods October 11, 2018 New York, The Cornell Daily Sun
... Over 9000 people have signed a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals petition against deer hunting in Sapsucker Woods, a Cornell-owned sanctuary which currently permits bow hunting to regulate the deer population...

Elk restoration unlikely in New York October 6, 2018 New York, The Livingston County News
... The last elk in New York was killed in 1847...  several attempts to restore elk in the Empire State. A number of unsuccessful attempts were made from 1900 to 1940 in the Raquette Lake area of the Adirondacks.  ... it is unlikely that any elk restoration programs will be undertaken in New York anytime soon..,

... board members had only approved “no more than two deer fences” in the village’s 11-year history. He added that the two new applications prompted the board to consider new legislation for how it handles such fencing ...

... officers used DNA samples taken from the remains of an illegally hunted deer to nail a poacher in a recent court case near Buffalo...  located the suspect's 10-point buck at a taxidermist shop ...

... For the 2018-19 deer hunting season, we expect the statewide buck harvest to be similar to 2017 and the antlerless harvest to increase slightly. Statewide, we increased the allocation of Deer Management Permits (DMPs; antlerless tags) by roughly 8% from what was issued in 2017, with most of the increased DMP availability occurring in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in central and western New York where deer populations are either above desired levels or increasing toward desired levels..,

  Seneca White Deer tours now happening September 2, 2018 New York, AuburnPub
... After more than 20 years of effort by a dedicated group of volunteers, Seneca White Deer has established regular tours to showcase the white deer and military history of the former Seneca Army Depot...

  Rare White Fawn Born in New York City August 31, 2018 New York, National Geographic 
... The creature’s coloration is a result of a condition called leucism, which causes a lightening of skin and fur and is found in only one percent of deer. When the white pelt is flecked with the red-brown of normal deer the result is called “piebald.” ...

Staten Island, Deer crash danger continues on Island roads as vasectomies resume August 27, 2018 New York, SILive.com
... the city says the vasectomy program has proven a success, resulting in an 8 percent drop in the borough's deer population in the second year of the initiative. Last year, White Buffalo estimated Staten Island's deer population between 1,918 and 2,188 ... The most recent survey conducted by White Buffalo and verified by the city's Parks Department estimated the borough's deer population in 2017 at 2,053 with a decrease to 1,884 in 2018...

Seneca White Deer,  A seminal moment August 12, 2018 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... in 2016 ... three harsh winters had passed and the Depot land was still in a transitory stage of ownership, leaving the deer without proper nurturing ... the once 200 white deer herd had diminished to a mere 75... We are excited about the Ecotourism Park ...

Hastings-on-Hudson program uses contraception to reduce fawn rate August 10, 2018 New York, The Journal News | LoHud.com
...Four years into the village deer contraception program... the mayor said, "there are far, far fewer fawns which you typically see at this time of the summer — I can't say that I've seen a single one ... If the white-tailed deer population is found to have been substantially reduced, the village will adopt a regular contraception protocol...
     Project looks for ways to lower deer population August 10, 2018 New York, Westchester News 12
... immune contraception...  a method to test if the population is in fact getting smaller... "Fifty households all around the village put a hasta plant in a pot and they check it every day, and then they report back in how long that plant has survived without being eaten," said Dr. Lemons. “We saw a doubling of the time that those plants would survive.” ...

... lawsuit challenging the Fire Island National Seashore’s plan to use hunters ...  saying federal authorities that manage Fire Island did consider a range of alternative approaches but were under no legal obligation to consider or select the animal rights group’s recommendation ... There's a lot of folks that like having the deer ...

...  relatively more accidents during the full moon than other lunar phases and that most of the accidents occur during the brightest time,” Tom Langen said. “We believe that is because the deer are moving more.” ...

Baby Cow Escapes Slaughterhouse and Is Raised by Deer Family in Snowy Forest June 26,2018 New York, People
... At 4 months old the calf fled from her home in Holland, New York, which was a farm that raised cattle for slaughter ... Cameras set up in the forest by hunters started picking up footage of Bonnie surrounded by a herd of deer...

Deer frolic at Great Kills Beach on the first day of summer June 21, 2018 New York


It’s Fawning Season June 20, 2018 New York, DEC News
... Fawn survival is heavily influenced by habitat quality, and those fawns that have good hiding cover and quality forage have the odds in their favor.   You can improve habitat for fawns on your lands by promoting native forbs in fields and forests...

... A proposal to allow deer fences up to 8 feet tall around residential homes in Southampton Village was met with overwhelming support at a public hearing... 

Ithaca, Deer Management Plan Lacks Compassion June 6, 2018 New York, Ithaca Times
...  Cornell has a questionable deer management program. I expect a lot more from a World Class Veterinary School & Animal Science Program... With scientists like Ann Duryan and the Park Foundation (A.Gomer) supporting a more humane approach to the Deer problem, I say keep trying a better approach and try not to be so one-sided...

...   a firearms discharge law that effectively bars hunting in much of the town ... Judge Joseph A. Santorelli rejected Hunters for Deer’s argument in his May 21 decision, pointing to a section of state law that explicitly allows Smithtown and several other Suffolk County and upstate towns to regulate firearms discharge when it may be hazardous to the public...

... Despite the injury, the deer was walking. The Police put a dog leash on the deer for a little bit to keep the animal out of traffic...

NY has new plan to control tick population May 20, 2018 New York, CT Post
...expand the use of deer feeding stations that automatically apply tick treatment to deer as they eat. The stations have already been used on Long Island and in other areas...

... discovered in Oneida County wild and captive white-tailed deer in 2005... More than 49,000 deer have been tested in New York since 2002, and there have been no reoccurrences of the disease since 2005..,

 If you care about young wildlife, leave it alone May 17, 2018 New York, Press & Sun-Bulletin
... touching a young animal will not cause the mother to abandon it.  On the contrary, if you find a newborn by itself but in harm’s way, you can move it slightly to a safer position. Just don’t take it far. Mom will find it and will not be bothered by your scent on it...

... New York is the Only State to Eliminate CWD after Discovery in Wild Populations ... conducting joint inspections of cervid farms and increased record sharing among agencies, the plan will prohibit the importation of certain parts from any CWD-susceptible cervid taken outside of New York ...
Town to conduct deer census with local volunteers May 15, 2018 New York, Suffolk Times
... Helpers will be given a time frame around dusk to set out for the count, and the process will be repeated on three separate occasions. An average will be calculated to be show result ... Southold Town runs a deer management program that formed in 2008 with the goal of reducing deer numbers through bow-hunting ... No real estimate has ever been done ...

... Seneca White Deer, Inc.,— has become a major player in the Finger Lakes tourism industry with the opening of Deer Haven Park.  The eco-tourism destination features a spacious $255,000 welcome center on Route 96A and began offering a regular schedule of tours last November ...

... the program, intended to test administration of a birth control vaccine, had been expanded to include a surgical component. The program had been scheduled to start in February and will now start sometime in 2019 ... Village trustees are also considering changes to village code that would permit high deer fencing ...

DEC, Cornell University and SUNY ESF Announce New Tool to Track Forest Health May 4, 2018 New York, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
... to help the State assess the impacts of deer on forest health... The website includes detailed instructions and plant identification guides. A smartphone app will also be released soon and allow these online resources to be carried into the field and provide a platform for data collection... many of the tree species deer prefer to eat are valued for timber, so heavy browse pressure on seedlings makes forests less economically valuable..,

A status update on Staten Island's biggest projects and toughest challenges April 25, 2018 New York, City & State
...controversial $3.6 million plan to sterilize Staten Island’s growing deer population seems to be working. With no natural predators in Staten Island and migration from New Jersey, the population grew from a documented 763 in 2014 to an estimated 2,000 last year. Two years into the unique program, the deer population declined 8 percent in the past year, while births were also down 50 percent...

... DeWitt and Fayetteville officials both reported that dog owners who let their pets run unleashed on the sites targeted for deer culling interfered with the operation. It may have been intentional ...

... “DEC regulates hunting in New York State. A local municipality may regulate access to properties they own for any purpose, including hunting, but do not have the authority to regulate hunting on private properties,”  ...

... the Staten Island deer population has dropped 8%, city officials told the Daily News — crediting an oft-mocked program to perform vasectomies on male deer ...  having vets perform a surgery that takes just a few minutes ...  the number of baby Bambis appearing on Staten Island has decreased by more than half ...

DEC's 2017 deer report comprehensive April 8, 2018 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... the DEC does not know how many deer are out there... it doesn’t make sense to compare a December whitetail count to a June count. Right? When the fawns hit the ground in May and early June, the deer population basically doubles...

2017 deer take announced by the DEC April 7, 2018 New York, Hudson Valley 360
... the number of hunters who reported their deer increased from 44 percent in 2016 to 50 percent in 2017. That’s a substantial improvement.  DEC is taking credit for the upswing due to their urging hunters to comply through their, “Take It -Tag It – Report It” campaign. DEC has definitely made it easier to report harvests by allowing you to report by phone, on the web, and by using mobile apps...

Buck take up, doe take down in 2017  April 3, 2018 New York, Glens Falls Post-Star (blog)
... an estimated 203,427 deer during the 2017-18 hunting seasons ... The antlerless take was down despite the fact the DEC issued more permits for them last fall...  last year there was a lot of natural food in the woods that allowed deer to stay close to their home ranges to feed ... full report
     DEC Announces 2017 Deer Harvest Results April 3, 2018 New York, DEC News
... The 2017 estimated deer take included 95,623 antlerless deer and 107,804 antlered bucks, an estimated five percent fewer deer than the previous year. Statewide, this represents a 10-percent decline in antlerless harvest and a buck harvest nearly identical to 2016. Hunters in the Northern Zone took 25,351 deer, including 18,074 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, hunters took 178,076 deer, including 89,730 adult bucks.  The decline in antlerless harvest occurred despite DEC issuing more antlerless permits last season..,

... the city has performed vasectomies on 1,154 of Staten Island's male deer population ... there were more deer on Staten Island than anticipated, including more bucks in need of vasectomies ... the city has spent roughly $2,879 on each deer ...

Movement behavior preceding autumn mortality for white-tailed deer in central New York  BJ Whitman, WF Porter, AC Dechen Quinn… - Journal of Mammalogy, 2018
... Overall, deer increased their movement rates as autumn progressed, males more so than females. However, deer that died moved at a slower rate relative to surviving deer up to 2 weeks prior to death ...  Site familiarity was not significantly related to mortality risk. Deer were equally likely to die within their 50% core use area as elsewhere within their autumn home range...

Rochester's "Get Away Guy," Mike O'Brian visits Seneca White Deer and takes a White Deer Tour. - March 19, 2018 New York


... In the past, the DEC had Citizen Task Force participate in providing information about the current state and future of the deer populations in various areas of the state.  The Department and Cornell University researchers have now come up with a survey to ask people what changes they want to see for the deer population ...

Antibiotic-Resistant Genes and Pathogens Shed by Wild Deer Correlate with Land Application of Residuals SW Rogers, CE Shaffer, TA Langen, M Jahne, R Welsh - EcoHealth, 2018 New York
... These results indicate that contact with human waste biosolids or animal manure may be an important method of pathogen and ARG [Antibiotic-Resistant Genes] transmission and that deer in proximity to land-applied manure and human waste biosolids pose increased risk to nearby produce and water quality...

  Fishermen rescue deer by grabbing its tail March 13, 2018 New York, UPI.com
... a deer that apparently fell through the ice to the frigid water...  one of the men manage to grab the deer by the tail and give it the boost it needed ...

DEC looking to New York residents for opinions on deer population March 10, 2018 Oneida Dispatch
... The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that DEC and researchers at the Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University are implementing a survey for gathering information on citizens’ preferences on desired deer populations that will help DEC biologists set deer population objectives across the state...

Threat from coyotes not to be overlooked March 7, 2018 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... 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... As winter becomes harder and small mammal populations decline, coyotes turn toward their largest prey — white-tailed deer..,

DEC biologist: NY's moose herd healthy, but at 'low level' -- more studies needed  March 6, 2018 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... Up until recently, the DEC’s estimates have put the population at 600 to 1,000 individuals in the Adirondacks, where the majority of the animals are found.
The DEC's newest estimate is around 400..,

Southold, Record-high deer management numbers in Southold Town February 28, 2018 New York, Suffolk Times
...  includes 292 deer reported harvested for the season ... over a previous five-year average of 246, said town environmental analyst Craig Jobes ...

Deer urine: DEC holds off banning use of longtime hunting lure -- for now February 26, 2018 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... If enacted, the ban would add New York to a growing list of states and Canadian provinces banning the use of foul-smelling liquids in an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease ... white-tailed deer hunting represents a $1.5 billion industry in the state," ...

  Deer Rescued From Middle of Frozen Lake in New York February 20, 2018 New York, NTD
... Fire Chief John Korzelius crawled over 150 feet onto the frozen lake in pursuit of the deer, at Rockefeller State Park Preserve... about 30 first responders showed up for the rescue ...

Enhance Deer Habitat February 14, 2018 New York, DEC News
... February is a great month for habitat management projects that involve cutting trees to provide new food and cover for deer and other wildlife... Felling trees for firewood or forest thinning makes the tops immediately available to deer.  Later, stump sprouts and new plant growth caused by the gap in the tree canopy may provide additional browse opportunities..,

... The DEC said city residents can use crossbows to remove deer but must obey state and city ordinances, which outline a number of strict guidelines including restrictions on using the weapon near public highways, within 250 feet from homes, farms, schools ... eligibility for the permits include "demonstrated impacts and the lack or failure of other practical alternatives to alleviate the problem." ...

Herkimer Co. measure aims to keep dogs from attacking deer January 26, 2018 New York, Utica Observer Dispatch
... Herkimer County Legislature last week unanimously approved a dog quarantine for 2018 due to the animal’s possible depredation on the deer population... a dog control officer can seize the dog if it is seen running and the owner can face a civil penalty if a dog injures or cripples a deer...

You can legally feed deer during the winter in only one Upstate New York county January 25, 2018 NewYorkUpstate.com
... It’s Sullivan County in the Catskills and it’s the result of a 2012 court decision... That may change soon, though, as the DEC notes on its website that it is planning to tweak the state's deer feeding regulations...

Smithtown, Group Files Lawsuit Over Town of Smithtown Deer Hunting Law January 24, 2018 New York, Patch
... Hunters For Deer is suing the town over an ordinance which prohibits the "discharge of long bows within 500 feet of a dwelling, school or occupied structure, or a park, beach, playground or any other place of outdoor recreational or non-recreational activities." ...

Ithaca prepares for potential war on deer January 23, 2018 New York, ithaca.com
... according to a case study of the Cayuga Heights deer management program, a total of 152 does (100 percent of all female deer) were sterilized between 2012 and 2013, with an additional five sterilized in 2016 and, over a two year period beginning in 2015, White Buffalo removed 72 males by way of crossbow.  "Since we've started this program, we have not had a deer-car collision in the village (of Cayuga Heights)," said Woodard...

... it wasn't the first time the man ... has been charged with illegally taking deer in the community... 50 pounds of cracked corn on the ground ...

Bill could let 12-year-olds use guns to hunt deer January 23, 2018 New York, My Twin Tiers.com
... The New York State Senate has passed a bill which would let children as young as 12 hunt deer with guns. They would still be required to be supervised...

... While "natural" levels for deer are generally accepted to be approximately 8.5 per square mile, some areas of DeWitt have approximately 85 deer per square mile. [the state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile, more information] .. the goal is to reduce the crisis-level Lyme Disease problem, often attributed to the deer population [this type of cull not shown to be effective]  ...

Deer crisis deepens. Here's how we got into this mess January 10, 2018 New York, SILive.com
... the first photo we ever published of a deer on Staten Island... A dead deer was found beside the West Shore Expressway on September 23, 1994... how did the deer get here?  Simple: They swam over from New Jersey. At least some of them did...

A white-tailed deer coming to shore at Mount Loretto Unique Area after swimming across the Raritan Bay from New Jersey. November 8, 2014.


A gorgeous, snow-covered deer visited a Staten Island home, and came close enough for one person to record a video of this beautiful creature. - New York, January 5, 2018


DeWitt, CNY man boasts on Facebook after killing deer, now faces $11500 in fines January 4, 2018 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... illegally shooting three bucks with a bow and a crossbow.  Two of the deer were reportedly killed in his backyard over bait... Meanwhile, DeWitt officials in late October approved a plan to use federal sharpshooters to hunt and kill deer in targeted areas of the community...

Deer overpopulation remains a contentious topic at BU January 2, 2018 New York, Press & Sun-Bulletin
... Six years ago 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 ... A lawsuit from a nearby Vestal resident and an animal-rights group led to a New York Supreme Court ruling in January 2012 that stopped the cull until the university prepared an environmental impact statement...Since then, there’s been no movement on the issue...

Vassar to hold deer cull in January; groups to protest December 29, 2017 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... For the fourth consecutive year, Vassar College is planning to hold a deer cull in January.  Activists on Sunday plan to protest ... the estimated deer population was 42 animals per square mile before fawns were born. The college said the optimal number is 10 to 20 deer per square mile... [see deer density recommendations]

DEC tallying hunting data December 23, 2017 New York, The Livingston County News
... New York hunters harvested about 18 percent more deer in the Northern Zone and 14 percent more deer in the Southern Zone compared to the same period last year... too early to say if this reflects an increase in hunter compliance with mandatory reporting rules, an increase in harvest, or both ...

Big game season ends Tuesday December 16, 2017 New York, Hudson Valley 360
... In raw numbers, 77,969 deer that have been reported taken statewide in 2017 through Dec. 10 compared to 69,547 taken during the same time period in 2016...

'Jughead' the deer rescued from plastic container in New York state December 14, 2017 United Press International
... One member of the search party threw her body on the deer to hold it down while the others worked to pull the jug off its head "with some difficulty." ...
Story behind 31-point, Upstate NY 'Deer of the Year' changes: It was shot at a fenced preserve December 13, 2017 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... he did shoot the deer this fall in late October, but that it was actually taken at the private, fenced-in ... Ranch in Norwich ... paid for the hunt and took the deer with a cross bow...

Buffalo, Hunter charged with firing deer slug into kitchen December 11, 2017 New York, WKBW-TV
... One of the slugs entered a home on South Main Street. A resident was sitting in the kitchen ...

Deer & Bear Harvest Update December 7, 2017 New York, DEC News
         Through the third weekend of the Southern Zone regular big game season, hunters reported 69,550 deer in 2017 compared to 61,184 through the same period in 2016. For the Northern Zone, hunters have reported 11,349 deer in 2017 compared to 9,417 deer in 2016...

Guns Down, NY Deer Hunting to Close December 6, 2017 New York, East Aurora Advertiser
... with about 590,000 big game hunters, the annual harvest is 230,000 deer or so (buck and doe)... only about one in every three hunters will even harvest a deer ... annual cost for the regular season firearms hunting privilege (license) in New York is $22 (includes big game and small game) ...

Man shoots deer 5 times on Buffalo highway December 4, 2017 New York, Buffalo News
... the men on the side of the road were city animal control officers who were dispatched to humanely euthanize the deer which was badly hurt in the crash with the Jeep...

Pulaski's beloved Bella the Deer has died December 1, 2017 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... “She was limping around and was hurting. She didn’t want to be touched,” ... 

Bella, the beloved, tame deer that walks the streets of Pulaski in Oswego County with impunity, has not been seen recently and residents are concerned.


Fines for hunting deer out of season to increase November 30, 2017 New York, Press & Sun-Bulletin
... will bump up the minimum fine for deer poaching to $500, up from the current $250... maximum fine for a misdemeanor offense would increase to $3,000 ...

... Two environmental conservation organizations have filed a federal lawsuit against the Fire Island National Seashore and National Park Service to block a plan that would allow the hunting of white-tailed deer on Fire Island...

... property owners had previously hired sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who set up cameras and bait stations and were successful for a few years, Mr. Blair said. But after a while, “it was sort of the law of diminishing returns,” he said, adding that hiring the USDA proved expensive...

Hunter charged with shooting truck he mistook for deer November 25, 2017 New York, New York Post
... fired his 7mm high-powered scoped rifle at a brown pick-up truck ... hit the truck’s front fender and shot through its engine compartment...

New York woman killed by hunter while walking dogs November 25, 2017 WFSB
... he was 200 yards from the victim when he fired... she was shot, apparently after sundown.  New York laws prohibit the hunting of deer after sunset ...

DEC asks hunters to avoid shooting young bucks November 13, 2017 New York, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
... Responding to concerns from hunters that they were interested in increasing the number of older, larger-antlered bucks in the state's deer population, DEC in recent years looked a variety of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches. But based on that study, DEC concluded regulations were not compatible with hunter values ...

... Guided bus tours for visitors to check out the famous white deer herd ... We're already sold out for November ... 

Conception time, Firearms season for deer, bear approaches November 11, 2017 New York, Hudson Valley 360
... The study found the average peak conception date from 2007-09 was Nov. 14 with the dates of Nov. 9 through Nov. 20 accounting for the peak period of does bred during those three years...

Where's Bella? Pulaski residents worried by absence of community's beloved deer November 6, 2017 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... Bella, the beloved, tame white-tailed deer that has walked the streets of the village of Pulaski for years with impunity, hasn't been seen recently...Bella has her own Facebook page (Bella Deer) on which village residents and others routinely post photos of her ...

Impact of whitetailed deer on the spread of Borrelia burgdorferi  AL FEGHALI - Medical and veterinary entomology, 2017
... the causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi... contiguous counties west of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. In both Broome and Chenango Counties, attached and unattached ticks harvested from whitetailed deer had significantly lower prevalences of B.burgdorferi than those collected from vegetation... These data suggest that a mechanism in whitetailed deer may aid in clearing the pathogen from attached deer ticks ...

... a bill proposed by area legislators Sens. John DeFrancisco, R-N.Y., and David Valesky, D-N.Y., to amend a section of the environmental conservation law to make sure hunters can shoot and kill deer — often called culling — within 300 feet of public roads ...

Staten Island, Acorns put Staten Island deer vasectomies on hold until February November 2, 2017 New York, Staten Island Advance
...The city contractor hired to sterilize Staten Island bucks stopped the effort until early next year because acorns falling from oak trees are tasty alternatives to corn bait used to lure deer into surgery... 1,011 Vasectomies so far ... 

Rare white deer herd open to public view beginning this fall November 2, 2017 New York, The Vancouver Sun
... The dozens of white deer roaming the 7,000-acre Seneca Army Depot in the Finger Lakes have been tough to see for years ... But the non-profit Seneca White Deer will offer bus tours starting in October ...

Experts say mice are primary cause of Lyme disease, not deer October 31, 2017 New York, The Daily Orange
... Phillip Baker, executive director at the American Lyme Disease Foundation, said there is a misconception of deer being the main transmitters of tick-borne illnesses. Baker said mice and other small rodents are the main organisms that keep the diseases percolating in the area where they are introduced...

DeWitt adopts bait-and-cull deer management plan October 30, 2017 New York, Eagle News Online
...  Some of the issues white deer bring about, said Michalenko, are vehicular damage, impacts on natural vegetation, landscaping damage and an increased tick population which has lead to a strong presence of Lyme Disease... [deer density not generally related to Lyme disease risk]

New York Data:   About 950,000 deer in 2018, DEC analysis.  Populations are up after a few mild winters into 2019.  DEC expects a slight increase in the 2019 antlerless harvest and a stable buck harvest.  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.
     History:  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.
     The history of white-tailed deer in New York is tied closely to the patterns of human land use and development.  The 1956 document, History of the White-tailed Deer in New York describes the distribution and abundance of deer in New York in pre-Colonial times and from the Colonial Period through the mid-1950s. 
     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  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 and the east until the early 1900's, 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.