Wildlife Damage Control Center

Outreach Director: John A. Grande
Office Location: Snyder Research and Extension Farm, Pittstown, NJ

Research Director: Larry S. Katz
Office Location: Bartlett Hall

The wildlife damage control center is committed to integrating the collective knowledge of people, institutions, and government agencies to reduce economic and human health and safety conflicts between human society and wildlife. At present, the center boasts expertise in deer, birds, wildlife habitat ecology, natural resources, sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management and public policy.


In the 1990's New Jersey's agricultural community identified rising losses from crop depredation due to deer as a major problem.  Deer damage is a concern of both the agricultural community and the NJDEP Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife (the Division).  Yet, incomplete data were available on the extent of farmers' deer-related damage problems.

Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Center for Wildlife Damage Control designed and conducted a 65 question survey of NJ's farmers in 1998 to gain a better understanding of how deer and current deer management practices impact agriculture.  This comprehensive opinion survey determined farmers' perceptions of deer and identified and quantified how current deer management practices impact their farming.  Survey results should lead to improved deer management programs that are more responsive to the needs of farmers seeking solutions to crop damage.

Text version of the results of this survey.

NEW PROJECT:   Beginning in March, 2000.  Aerial infrared deer census survey flown by Hotshot Infrared Inspection, Inc., Lakewood, CO.

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