April 30, 2022
Welcome to the Deer Exclosure!
Deer populations in the Northeastern United States are relatively unchecked due to the absence of predation. Binghamton University's campus is no exception; due to a lack of wolves and mountain lions, the deer population hovers around 260 instead of the 15-20 it should ideally be.
As a result, the deer over consume any plants within their reach, including saplings. The forest can not regenerate since no new trees can grow to replace fallen ones. This exclosure is one of many that will show how the forest ecosystems can recover when not influenced by excessive deer populations.