Deer and Deer Management - Citizen Advisory Committee
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Citizen Input into Deer Management
Pennsylvania's deer management program recognizes the importance of citizen input into deer management recommendations. In fact, one of the 5 goals of the deer management program, to maintain acceptable levels deer-human conflicts, is directly related to citizen tolerance of deer impacts. The Game Commission provides a variety of means for citizens to provide input including, public comments periods prior to each Commission meeting, acceptance of written comments via mail and email, and Citizen Surveys.
In 2009, the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee contracted with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) to conduct an evaluation of the Game Commission's deer management program. They concluded that a statistically viable public survey to measure citizen preferences for deer may be a more suitable approach to integrate public will into deer management.
In 2011, the Game Commission contracted with Responsive Management, a research firm specializing in natural resource public opinion and attitude surveys, to conduct a statewide phone survey of Pennsylvania residents. The final report is linked below.
From 2006 to 2011, the Game Commission used Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC) to collect public input on deer management. A CAC was held in every Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). Information on CACs as well as individual WMU CAC reports are linked below.