The Potomac Highlands Watershed School
Oh Deer! Environmental Forum Student Pre-Survey
School (choose one):
Buffalo Gap HS
John Marshall H.S.
Kemps Landing Magnet S. 6th grade
North Harford H.S
Paw Paw H.S.
Turner Ashby H.S.
Control code (from your teacher):
In this section of the survey please
select the answer that best reflects your attitudes.
An ecosystem is a community of living beings interacting with
each other and their environment. I feel that humans:
know how to
keep our ecosystem in balance and are doing a good job.
more about ecosystem balance, but we're on the right track.
nearly enough about ecosystem balance so we should leave things
don't affect natural ecosystems so it's really not our
In my opinion, private citizens ________________ play an
important role in shaping government policy. (fill in the blank)
I see the conservation field as a potential source of future
a. very much so
b. a little
c. not at all
d. never considered it before/donít know
Balance in nature affects me personally.
Things I do have an impact on nature.
c. not really
I consider myself well informed on conservation issues.
In this section of the survey please
select the best answer.
Please choose only one unless otherwise indicated.
Ecosystem balance is:
a system where
the populations of animals and plants in the food chain are
stable over time.
In Pennsylvania there are more than 12,500,000 people. How many
deer are there?
b. between 10,000 and
c. between 50,000 and
e. more than 1,000,000
When an ecosystem is out of balance:
a. the number of
species is often reduced.
become more common.
one or a few species can become very common.
d. all of the above.
e. none of the above
10. One hundred years ago the deer population was:
b. the same
11. Besides hunting and nature tourism, deer affect the economy
in other ways.
12. What is a stakeholder?
a. A technical term
scientists use for the spot at which samples are taken to
measure a point source pollution.
b. A place marker
scientists use to geographically locate a fixed position for
follow up study.
c. A person or a
group with a legitimate interest in an issue.
13. A "keystone" predator refers to:
a. An animal near the
foundation of the food chain
b. An animal that has
the same characteristics as other species
c. A predator that
plays an important role in maintaining the number of species in
14. A square mile is 640 acres. What would a healthy deer
population be in a square mile of wild forest?
a. 5 or 10
b. 10 to 20
c. 20 to 50
d. 50 to 100
e. more than 100
15. Many farmers say that deer make it more difficult to make a
living on a farm. Is that:
In this section of the survey we are interested in your
experiences with and attitudes toward deer.
16. I have been in a vehicle that hit a deer.
c. More than once.
17. If you were in a vehicle that was damaged. What was the
cost of the accident?
Less than $500
More than $500
Totaled the vehicle
18. How do you feel about hunting deer?
a. I enjoy hunting.
b. I think hunting is
an important survival skill.
c. I don't hunt but
it is okay for other people.
d. I don't think
e. I think hunting is
19. If it is true that there are too many deer, what caused the
a. The deer started
breeding too much.
b. People reduced the
natural controls on deer population.
c. I have no idea.
20. Deer eat the plants (check all that apply):
a. In my yard:
b. In my garden.
c. I built a
fence to keep deer away
e. Donít know.
f. I donít have
any plants outdoors.
21. In your own community what kind of deer population have you
a. I never see deer
b. I see a deer once
or twice a year
c. I see deer
d. I see two or more
deer together regularly
Maryland Department of Natural resources says:
"Effective deer management aims for a deer population level that
will allow our environment to be healthy and to strike an
acceptable balance between people and deer. It's a complex
challenge that requires balancing biological and social
Which members of society should play an active role in
setting deer management policy?
(check all that apply):
h. Fish and game
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