These are the responses to an open, convenience sample survey of residents of Illinois to understand their interactions with wild deer. The survey was available on REDCap between December 19, 2022 and December 19, 2023, and was publicized through listserves, Facebook groups, and media reporting.

The file "COVID Deer Survey _ REDCap.pdf" contains the codebook for the survey, including the questions; all factor variables have ".factor" added to their name in the dataset. The file "DeerSurveyData.csv" contains the dataset. The file "Score_calculation_for_sharing.R" is the code to create the cleaned dataset used for analysis from the raw survey responses. Throughout, NA is used to represent null/not available/not applicable; this is most likely either a failure to answer the question or, in some cases, a question that was not presented as it is not relevant based on answers to previous questions.
Date made availableJan 23 2025
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • deer
  • survey

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