Are you concerned about the deer population in Fairfax County?
Deer sightings in Fairfax County are not uncommon. While the presence of deer in Fairfax has been a delight for some, other residents express concern over damage to cars, gardens, and yards caused by deer.
Learn more about how Fairfax County is managing the deer population, including:
- What are some of the problems caused by deer?
- What are current deer management activities are underway?
- What can residents and community groups do to help manage the deeer population?
- Are there any plants or shrubs that may deter deer from grazing in my yard?
- Road safety: An average of 4000-5000 deer-vehicle collisions in the County each year.
- Wildlife habitat destruction: Over-abundance of deer results in depleted food and natural habitat for birds, amphibians and micro-organisms that are necessary to sustain County wildlife and the natural environment.
- Forest regeneration: Too many deer result in a lack of shrubs and plant life. Plants most vulnerable include young oaks, maples and poplar trees.
- Ornamental plant damage: Deer diet includes many non-native vegetation found in parks and neighborhoods, such as azaleas, hostas and daylilies. The cost of this damage is of great concern to residents and taxpayers.
- Deer health: Too many deer living too close together reduces the overall health of the county’s deer population. Deer compete with each other for food and space.
- Human health: Too many deer may increase human risk of exposure to ticks infected with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Deer may transport these ticks across the county.
- Devaluation of the deer species: Although deer are a valued wildlife species here, as well as in the wildlife chain, an overabundance may cause some to view them as “pests."
- County officials gather data about damages caused by deer from residents
- County monitors trends in herd size and location.
- County monitors health of selected herds of deer
- Use of roadside reflectors tried, but were not effective in reducing deer-vehicle collisions
- County wildlife experts conduct seminars to help the public better understand deer and local management issues surrounding them.
- It is illegal to feed deer between the months of September – March
- Report evidence of deer damage in neighborhoods and parks
- Consider deer-proofing your propert
- Sponsor resident education activities
- Participate in deer management surveys
- Discourage others from feeding deer
- Common boxwoods
- Colorado Blue Spruce
- Red Osier Dogwoods
- Scots Pine
- Common lilac
- Ornamental grasses
- Tarragon and wormwood
- Virginia bluebells
- Lily of the valley