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.


Citizen Survey 

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.

Deer and Deer Management Opinions and Attitudes

 


Citizen Advisory Committees

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.  

Citizens Advisory Committee Objectives and Process Overview
Citizens Advisory Committee FAQs
WMU 1A Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 1B Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 2A Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 2B Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 2C Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 2D Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 2E Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 2F Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 2G Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 3A Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 3B Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 3C Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 3D Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 4A Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 4B Citizens Advisory Committee Report -Pilot
WMU 4C Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 4D Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 4E Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 5A Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 5B Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 5C Citizens Advisory Committee Report
WMU 5D Citizens Advisory Committee Report









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