Photo of the Week: Deer! Oh, dear…

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Who can resist doe eyes? Deer are truly beautiful animals with a special place in our natural areas and ecosystem. But deer numbers are higher than they’ve ever been historically.  Deer no longer have any predators here, except hunters. Coyotes don’t bring down their numbers; they have easier  food sources such as plentiful road kill, mice, rats, rabbits, fruits and wild berries.

As deer keep multiplying, these beautiful native animals cause serious health and safety concerns for themselves, for us and for our native habitats.

What to do? Sterilizing females is expensive; it involves surgery. Hiring professional hunters distresses people.  So, do we live with these dangers or do we find a solution?

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