Join the Linda Loring Nature Foundation for the first talk of the 8th annual Linda Loring Nature Foundation Science Pub series, History and Genetics: White-tailed Deer on Nantucket Island with Dr. Richard Beckwitt, Biology Department, Framingham State University.
White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, the common deer of eastern North America, currently number approximately 2-3000 on Nantucket Island. Although white-tailed deer remains are known from Wampanoag archeological sites on the island, no deer were noted by the beginning of the 20th century. Most accounts of the history of deer on Nantucket say that in 1922 a single male deer was found swimming in Nantucket sound and brought ashore by a local fisherman. Read more.