As evidence of the Deer Clan “A-ni Ka-wi,” white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) represent a culturally important animal to the Cherokee people. In western North Carolina, white-tailed deer number less than 15 per square mile, a number that may be lower on EBCI lands. EBCI prohibits deer harvest due to scarcity and cultural importance. In order to promote a connection between Cherokee people and deer as well as increase deer populations we have implemented restoration activities, researched native deer, and work to manage habitat.

Management actions include:

  • Assessment of deer restoration efforts
  • Native deer population study