Our Mission: Restoring balance
The Fairfield County Deer Management Alliance is a consortium of municipalities whose purpose is to foster an informed and collaborative approach to reducing the region’s over abundant deer population back to 10-12 deer per sq mile from current destructive and injurious levels in excess of 60 deer per sq mile and thereby reducing the herd's impact on ecological integrity, public health, road safety, quality of life and our stretched local economies.
“Reducing deer densities to below 10-12 per sq mile has been shown to substantially reduce tick numbers and human Lyme disease.” Kirby C. Stafford III, Ph.D., Vice Director, Chief Entomologist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT
Fairfield County has had the highest number of new Lyme disease cases per year in CT since 2007. "Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. The longterm sequelae of LD are debilitating to patients and costly to society. The emergence of LD and previous experience predict the feasibility of public health interventions for LD control and prevention." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2006
"White-tailed deer impacts are significant. Unless something is done habitat degradation will continue." and "There will be a continued decline in the biological diversity of the state." - Connecticut Audubon Society
Studies have also confirmed an increase in Lyme cases in residents living near deer infested open space. This is of concern because many houses in Fairfield County have back yards that are adjacent or near to small forest edges. New England Journal of Medicine
“Nationwide deer-vehicle accidents cause about 29,000 human injuries, 200 human fatalities, and $1 billion in property damage annually.” - Wildlife Society Bulletin
“Deer population management must serve as the main tool in any long term strategy to reduce human incidences of Lyme disease.” Dr Sam Telford lll, Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases,Tufts University and Visiting Scientist in Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health.
Address written inquiries or suggestions to :
Fairfield County Deer Management Alliance
P.O. BOX 186
Georgetown CT 06829
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