Too many deer? A public hearing
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
This case recreates a public hearing to consider what to do about a deer overpopulation problem in an urban oldgrowth forest. This forest, over 200 acres, has more than 40 deer, and the deer are impacting the vegetation.
Students are assigned different roles, representing different viewpoints that were expressed at the public hearing. Other students act as meeting moderators or as expert witnesses.
By reenacting the public hearing students experience the reality of multiple perspectives and opinions, some of which have more merit than others. All of the perspectives except one were really expressed at the actual public hearing.
2: Experience in evaluating complex problems and identifying the best solution.
3: Understand the impacts of overpopulation.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Note that there are several parts!
Ribbens, E. 2001. Too many deer! A case study in managing urban deer herds. In The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Study Collection.