Fairfax County Releases Deer Management Survey Results

In June 2010, a Deer Management Survey was sent to the public in an effort to obtain information about residents’ experiences with, and perception of, white-tailed deer in Fairfax County. A collaboration with the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist, other County officials, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries staff, the survey was developed over the course of several months. In addition to assessing the public’s thoughts on white-tailed deer in the County, the survey also served as an outreach tool designed to gauge residents’ opinion of the Fairfax County Deer Management Program and current use of available deer population control tools.

The Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist’s office contacted by phone, email or mail, over 1,900 homeowners associations, community associations, citizens and civic associations in Fairfax County. Additionally, information and an invitation to take the survey was provided through the FCPD Public Information Office and the Office of Public Affairs. As a result of this extensive outreach a robust sample of residents was obtained, as 6,376 Fairfax County residents elected to complete the survey.

Some points of interest from the survey:
•66.5 percent of respondents would prefer the deer population decrease.
•45.9 percent of respondents are very concerned they will be in a deer-vehicle collision within 12 months.
•50.4 percent of respondents are very concerned they will get Lyme disease within 12 months. 62.7 percent of respondents believe deer are directly related to the risk of transmitting Lyme disease.
•62.7 percent of respondents support public managed hunts (deer population control).
•66.4 percent of respondents support the Archery Program (deer population control).
•57.0 percent of respondents support police sharpshooting (deer population control).
•60.3 percent of respondents support legal hunting on private property (archery or shotgun).
•59.5 percent of respondents oppose no deer population control efforts.

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