Deer Friendly is a not for profit research project supporting deer management, research, and deer rehabilitation. Advertising on the site helps pay for website expenses. Information collected on the site is organized by state and topic to help people with an interest in deer find the latest information. This searchable collection of information is also used to support deer research, examples below.

Research Director: Kent Webb, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.E., University of Pennsylvania.  If you have useful deer information  please send it for review to be be posted on this site.  You can also send comments to:

The name for this site comes from a Game&Fish article, Deer-Friendly Forests, an interview with Dave Smith, a veteran wildlife biologist in California, that explains why recent forest management practices and the lack of "cleansing wildfires" have contributed to a long-term decline of the habitat that supports the deer population and other species in California.

Deer Research

"The Strong Correlation Between Declining California Deer Harvests and Declining Timber Removed," presentation to the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, February, 2019.

Searching the Internet to Estimate Deer Population Trends in the U.S., California, and Connecticut [PDF] (2018) Issues in Information Systems. 19(2), pp. 163 - 173.

"Information Acquisition and Decision Support for Suburban Deer Management" [PDF] (2017) Issues in Information Systems 18(2), pp. 158 - 170.

"Public Management Decisions Related to the Decline of California Deer Populations: A Comparative Management Approach" (2016) Environment and Ecology Research. Vol. 4(2), pp. 63 - 73 DOI: 10.13189/eer.2016.040203

This paper explains how the site searches for and finds deer information:  "Internet Search Engine Capture Success Rates and Mortality Statistics for Hyperlinks to Public News Articles" [PDF] (2016) Issues in Information Systems, Volume 17, Issue II, pp. 25-33.

“Internet Survey of Urban Deer Management Strategies, information summarized ” presentation to the International Urban Wildlife Conference, Chicago, May, 2015

“Comparative Analysis of State Deer Management Strategies” presentation to the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, January, 2015

Results of Environmental Scanning Applied to the Design of a Deer Management Decision Support System (DSS) for the United States and California” [PDF] (2014) Issues in Information Systems. Volume 15, Issue 2. pp. 77-88

“Trends in Deer Harvest, Population, Management, and Citizen Participation” presentation to the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, January, 2014

Deer Herd Management Using the Internet:  A Comparative Study of California Targeted by Data Mining the Internet” [PDF] G. Kent Webb (2013) Issues in Information Systems Volume 14, Issue 2.  pp. 156-165

“Deer Management Research Using the Internet:  Analysis of Deer-Vehicle Collisions and a Survey of Current Deer Management Issues” presentation to the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, January, 2013

"Predicting Risk of Deer-Vehicle Collisions Using a Social Media-Based Geographic Information System" [PDF] G. Kent Webb (2012) Issues in Information Systems Volume 13, Issue 2. pp. 170-181.

"Internet Survey of Current Deer Management Issues" presentation to the 2012 Annual Conference of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society.

Designing and Building a Knowledge Warehouse Oriented, Public Decision Support Site Using Free Google Tools: An Analysis and Case Application to Deer Management” [PDF]  G. Kent Webb (2011)  Issues in Information Systems.  Volume XII, No. 1. pp. 280-290.

“A Case-Based Decision Analysis of Urban Deer Management Strategies,” presentation to the 2011 International Wildlife Management and Planning Conference.

“Social Management Networks: Analysis of Postings in Facebook Groups Related to Wildlife Management and Prospects for Data Collection,” [PDF] G. Kent Webb (2010) Issues in Information Systems, Volume XI, No. 1, pp. 473 – 482.

Survey of wildlife management science decision making objectives and methods,” presentation to the Wildlife Society 17th Annual Conference (2010).

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