Learn how this community is using both managed hunting and surgical sterilization to achieve its deer management goals.
What is CBDM?
Community-Based Deer Management (CBDM) is a guided process for addressing deer-related problems. It focuses on careful planning, targeted actions, and measuring progress. The process is flexible, helping communities adapt their deer management plan as needs change over time.
Deer management is complex. By following CBDM, your community can avoid common pitfalls, like jumping to action before creating a solid management plan or failing to consult wildlife experts who can help your community select the best management options. CBDM is based on sound science and "learning by doing."
Implementation of the deer management program in Ames is overseen by the city's police department. An Urban Deer Task Force conducts an annual assessment of program effectiveness in meeting the community's desired deer density.
Northbrook, Illinois conducted a culling program from 1995 to 2008. The village conducted an assessment around this time, determined it had reached its management goals, and suspended the culling for the time being.