Acceptability and Conflict Regarding Suburban Deer Management Methods

Rachael E. Urbanek, Clayton K. Nielsen, Mae A. Davenport, Brad D. Woodson

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Natural resource agencies and the public often agree on reasons to manage white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in suburban areas; however, there is frequent disparity regarding which deer management method is most acceptable. We surveyed 660 residents around 22 conservation areas in a suburban Illinois county to evaluate the acceptance and the potential for conflict regarding five deer management methods countywide, in urban and rural areas, and in high (≥11 deer/km2) and low (≤9 deer/km2) deer density areas. Archery hunting was the most acceptable method followed by gun hunting, sharpshooting, and fertility control; conducting no deer management was unacceptable (p <.001). Archery hunting and no deer management had the least conflict among residents; fertility control had the most conflict (.001 ≥ p ≤.010). We recommend managers conduct surveys that incorporate public conflict regarding deer management methods to gain information that may guide education and resolve management disputes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-403
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


  • Odocoileus virginianus
  • management
  • potential for conflict index
  • survey
  • white-tailed deer

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