Be Safe Newtown
Newtown residents seeking a Lyme-free Newtown with deer-free roads,
a recovery of the woodlands and the return of native plant and bird
species within 5 years
The Facts Regarding Deer Densities and Lyme Disease
- The January 2011 DEP deer density study for Fairfield County estimated there are 104 deer per square mile in Newtown. This is an increase from 70 per square mile in the 2009 study and 59 in 2007. Helicopter surveys aren't precise but the trend is clear.
- Woodlands can only support 10 to 15 deer per square mile without suffering damage
- Each deer drops roughly 300,000 tick eggs per year at current deer density levels.
- At fewer than 10 deer per square mile deer ticks have difficulty multiplying and virtually disappear
- Connecticut has the highest rate of Lyme disease in the US
- Fairfield County has the highest number of new cases of Lyme per year in CT
- Several New England towns that united around a controlled deer reduction program have virtually eliminated Lyme disease.
- A well managed deer reduction program will dramatically reduce Lyme disease within 5 years.
- On average Newtown police report 110 deer-vehicle collisions per year
- Deer are causing the loss of native bird and plant species due to over-browsing
Last Modified: 21 April 2015 09:28 MST