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Study Says Smaller Residential Deer Herds Better for Community Health

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Having smaller residential deer herds in your town improves your health.

According to a recent study published by the Journal of Medical Entomology, scientists have found that by reducing the deer herd in a few communities, the reports of lyme disease decreased as well. They performed the study from 1995-2008.

Over that time period they surveyed 90-98% of the community six times. While they did this, the herd was reduced from 80 deer per square mile to 5.1.

The community that participated in this study was located in Connecticut. Hunting within city limits was allowed, so that volunteers could come and reduce the herd.

Since whitetails are the main carriers of a certain kind of tick, the end result was a healthier town.

Once the deer herd had been reduced, they found that there was a 70% reduction in the amount of ticks and 80% reduction in the number of reported cases of lyme disease by residents of these communities.

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Study Says Smaller Residential Deer Herds Better for Community Health