Deer

Deer at Broadmoor © David Parish
Deer at Broadmoor © David Parish

The graceful white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is the most abundant of Massachusetts' large game animals. They belong to to an order of ungulate (hoofed) mammals called the Artiodactyla (even-toed), which also includes the pigs, cows, antelopes, sheep, goats, camels and hippos. And they are members of the family Cervidae, which also contains the moose and caribou. Learn More

The white-tailed deer has become controversial because of its burgeoning population. Deer not only do damage to trees, shrubs, and gardens, but can pose a health and safety risk. Learn More about the damage they can cause and what options are available.

People often believe that by providing an alternative food, such as hay, the deer will be discouraged from eating shrubs. This is rarely the case. And it can do more harm than good. Learn More