Georgetown has a high concentration of deer ticks and with them, tick borne diseases:  it’s #1 in Sagadahoc County, according to 2017 Maine CDC data.   Deer ticks have a two year life cycle and rely on animals for transport.  Young ticks feed on mice, squirrels and birds, yet adults need an estimated 12 deer per square mile to sustain a population.  In 2018, Georgetown’s “Tick Group” proposed allowing Georgetown hunters to take additional antlerless deer in order to reduce Georgetown’s herd, which is estimated to have overpopulated to around 60 per square mile.  A survey of town residents got 256 responses: of those, 233 were in favor of allowing additional hunting to cull the herd; 11 were opposed; and 12 were undecided.  You can read the “Tick Group”‘s FAQ sheet here:

Impact of deer herd reduction on incidence of Lyme disease:

Great basic information sources on ticks and what to watch out for:

Lyme Disease:  download the CDC information sheet here

New tick species appearing in Maine and what to expect in the 2019 season: