Document Type

Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 4-8-2021

Faculty Advisor

Andrew Vogel


The whitetail deer is a key species for Pennsylvania’s forests, but their ecological balance has been disturbed by unregulated growth and urban sprawl. The deer population in Pennsylvania has exploded since the 1880’s causing a wide range of damage on the ecosystem, and humans. To reduce deer populations to sustainable levels, the Pennsylvania Game Commission relies heavily on hunters to dedicate time in the fall to go out and fill the tags the they issue. Hunter participation all around the world is decreasing for a variety of reasons. Fewer hunters out in the field causes revenue losses for the Game Commission and a decrease in harvest totals. Without a solution the whitetail deer population will soon reach record levels in Pennsylvania, causing a cascade of problems.



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