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Minimizing Animal Damage in the Northeast

In the Northeast, animal damage management research by land-grant university scientists focuses on problems with white-tailed deer and Canada geese. Several outcomes are anticipated from this group's research, which is sponsored by NIFA funds:

  • Reducing deer-vehicle collision rates and plant damage to levels identified by participating communities that implement an integrated deer research and management program.
  • Stopping resident Canada goose population growth and reducing the length of time geese are present during summer to cause turf-related damage complaints at parks, athletic fields, corporate complexes, and for residential lawns in communities that implement management approaches recommended by the research.
  • Adoption by growers of selected commodities (fruit, vegetables, ornamentals) of integrated crop management practices for effectively mitigating deer damage.
  • Increased scientific understanding of socially acceptable methods for resolving wildlife conflicts.
  • Adoption by agency wildlife managers of new procedures for assessing deer damage and mitigating conflicts in participating communities.


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