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White-tailed Deer: Pennsylvania's Keystone Species

White-tailed deer biology, habitat requirements for food, cover, water and space, and management practices to improve food and cover availability and balance deer populations with available habitat.

White-tailed deer are a valuable, renewable, natural resource enjoyed by many. They have the widest distribution of any large animal found in North America. White-tailed deer are also known as a keystone species or keystone herbivore because of their ability to impact many other organisms. This presentation introduces you to white-tailed deer biology, habitat requirements for food, cover, water and space, and lastly management practices to improve food and cover availability and balance deer populations with available habitat. It is important to maintain "healthy" deer populations so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Speakers

Dave Jackson, Natural Resources Extension Educator, Penn State Extension – Centre Count