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Deer on Long Island

White-tailed Deer are widespread across Long Island. When they are born their brown fur is covered in white spots. As they get older the spots fade and the males will grow large antlers in the early spring and shed them in the winter. White-tailed Deer are voracious eaters and can consume 9 to 12 pounds of greenery a day when fully grown. 

Did you know?

White-tailed Deer are crepuscular. This means they are most active and graze for food during dawn and dusk. Other crepuscular animals include Eastern Cottontails, Red Foxes, and American Woodcocks.

Coexisting with Deer

White-tailed Deer are an important part of our environment, here are some ways to easily coexist with them.

  • If you are having trouble with deer eating your plants follow these guidelines
  • Put away all sports nets after you’re done using them. Deer can easily get their antlers entangled in them.
  • When you encounter deer, do not feed them.
  • Be vigilant while driving to avoid collisions with deer.

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Wildlife on Long Island

Long Island is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and marine life. Here are some examples of the wildlife you might find on Long Island.






Reptiles & Amphibians

Shorebirds & Seabirds

Small Rodents