Cornell UniversityThe Nature Conservancy

Community Example: Hendersonville, Tennessee

Key facts

  • High urban deer populations have led to extensive landscape depredation and increased deer-vehicle collisions.
  • Community Size: Large city (50,000 to 500,000 people)
  • Region: South
    • Plan established in 2015

    In 2015, Hendersonville, Tennessee (approximate population 55,000) decided to create a community-based program to address deer impacts. Hendersonville’s deer committee recommended a baiting and sharpshooting reduction of the deer herd in areas of highest deer populations with safety being of utmost importance, but lethal control was put on hold until the outcome of a recent ordinance banning feeding of deer can be assessed.