Reducing deer populations has shown to reduce the risk of getting Lyme disease. Lyme disease has been increasing and poses a significant health risk to the residents of Medfield and surrounding towns. Deer are a key part in the life cycle of deer ticks which carry Lyme disease. Multiple studies have shown a strong link between large deer populations and the incidences of Lyme disease. Conversely, when deer populations have been reduced, Lyme disease has been reduced. In addition, reduction of deer population contributes to a healthier ecology and safer roadways.
The Board of Selectmen asked the Lyme Disease Study Committee to look into what Medfield can do to further protect the town’s residents. The Committee recommends that we reduce the size of the deer herd to the level that the state recommends.
Contact the Program
If you are interested in applying to the Deer Management Program, please email Frank Perry.