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White–tailed Deer—Odocoileus virginianus

White-tailed deer are native to Maine, but their populations have been increasing for the last century, partly due to increased development in rural areas. Deer become pests when they feast on gardens and ornamental plantings. They are also one of the hosts for deer ticks, carriers of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

deer in field two white-tailed deer fawn in bushes

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[Photos, left to right: David Cappaert, Michigan State University,; David Cappaert, Michigan State University,; Paul Bolstad, University of Minnesota,]

It is the policy of the State of Maine to minimize reliance on pesticides. The Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine IPM Council encourage everyone to practice integrated pest management and to use pesticides only as a last resort. The mention of pesticides in the fact sheets linked to these pages does not imply an endorsement of any product. Be sure that any product used is currently registered and follow all label directions.