Deer are our wild neighbors, forced by habitat loss into the spaces where humans now live.

These gentle herd animals are loved by many, but the disappearance of wild lands has led them into increasing conflicts with humans; they’re often killed when they wander onto roads (endangering human lives too) and they drive gardeners to distraction with their nibbling ways. They’re often targeted for mass kills to reduce their numbers, but these are ineffective and unnecessary. There are ways to peacefully coexist with deer. 

Deer fawn in the grass near some flowers
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Deer have been forced to live close to us. They deserve our understanding.

When deer come into conflicts with humans, communities often start talking about lethal means of control. But that shouldn’t be the answer. The Humane Society of the United States has led advances in the field of immunocontraception, which provides an effective means of population control by preventing more births instead of killing the animals.

Did you know?

If you find a wild fawn, don’t assume they've been abandoned! Usually the mother is nearby grazing, making sure not to draw potential predators toward her little one. Unless you can see the fawn is injured or the mother is known to be dead, you don’t need to intervene.

Bird in birdbath, enjoying a humane backyard
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No matter how big or small your outdoor space, you can create a haven for local wildlife. By pledging to provide basic needs like water, food and shelter for wildlife, you can make a difference in your own backyard.