UNB students develop plan to help N.B. town manage its deer overpopulation issue

A group of students from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) are aiming to help the Town of St. Andrews manage its deer overpopulation issue. 

UNB says the fourth-year students from the faculty of forestry and environmental management are developing a nuisance deer management plan.  

Student and group member Angela Dick says the deer in the town have an all-access buffet, are running rampant, and destroying property because of the lack of natural predators and the abundance of available food. 

The students researched nearby towns facing similar deer management issues and conducted a public opinion survey to develop their plan, with the majority of respondents reporting they felt deer were creating problems by eating gardens, defecating on lawns, and causing traffic concerns.

UNB says the students believe a combination of both lethal and nonlethal methods will be the most effective way for the town to control its deer population.