Problematic White-Tailed Deer Information in Rochlin et al. (2022) Regarding Past and Future Tick (Amblyomma americanum, Acari: Ixodidae) Distributions
Journal of medical entomology
Figure 3 in this Journal of Medical Entomology article is central to the authors' warning about an exploding white-tailed deer population but conflicts in important aspects with the relevant deer research. Among other problems, it shows a 60% increase in the white-tailed deer density from 1500 to 2020 when the research consensus is that the population is about the same. It shows an exploding population from 2000 to 2020 without supporting data when the population peaked around the year 2000 according to evidence-based research.
climate change, distribution, land use, lone star tick, white-tailed deer population
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G. Kent Webb. "Problematic White-Tailed Deer Information in Rochlin et al. (2022) Regarding Past and Future Tick (Amblyomma americanum, Acari: Ixodidae) Distributions" Journal of medical entomology (2022): 1489-1491. https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjac090