Program History

When did the Deer Management Program get started?

The first fatal deer-vehicle collision in Fairfax County occurred in October 1997. This tragic accident highlighted the concern of many residents that, without natural predators and sufficient hunting pressures, the local deer population had become overabundant.

The Fairfax County Deer Management Program was developed using wildlife management program models in other jurisdictions, deer census data, deer behavioral research and ecological impact studies.

The first deer management plan was implemented in January 1998 by conducting eight public managed hunts at Bull Run Regional Park and Riverbend Park.




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