Economic impacts of deer overpopulation

Alliance/ NY Medical College

Drs. Peter Arno and Deborah Viola, two health economists from New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, are principal investigators in a study analyzing the economic impact of the deer population in the state of Connecticut. The intent of the study, sponsored by the Fairfield County Deer Management Alliance (FCDMA), in cooperation with the Connecticut Coalition to End Lyme Disease (CCELD) and Connecticut Audubon, is to capture the economic losses that result from deer overpopulation, including road traffic accidents; ecological degradation, agricultural and landscaping; and tick-borne disease prevention and care, particularly Lyme disease. The objective of this work is to advance public policy initiatives with appropriate deer management strategies in Connecticut.