Topic: Deer Problem in Woodcreek North
posted November 03, 2008 06:57 PM
It is hard not to like the deer in our area, these graceful animals with their big brown eyes and their little fawns are just loveable. The bucks when antlered are quite impressive. However, to see them eating hand-outs from humans makes me sad and I wonder what some people are thinking. Woodcreek North has a reputation for having the worst deer problem in the area.
When I moved here I was appalled by the fact that these beautiful but destructive animals are so numerous here. I was surprised to find that some citizens are actually feeding these little guys and that is likely the reason for the dense overpopulation. This feeding the deer is causing them to concentrate in the area as dependents and beggars, grouped much more tightly than they would ever be in nature. This local overpopulation leads to starvation and disease not to mention death by auto. The feeding has caused the deer to become lazy and comfortable in the company of humans, a totally unnatural situation.
Well meaning humans need to think about the unintended consequences of their actions. Feeding the deer does them harm and subsequently us. If you look at the deer right now you will see some of the females with distended bellies (looking pregnant) yet their ribs are sticking out. I believe this is from eating excessive corn and landscape plants rather than their natural fare. Sadly, this feeding and the draught have diminished their fat reserves and it may not get them through the winter.
Eventually, trapping and removal of some of these unnatural deer will become necessary, maybe even a “thinning of the heard” hunt. I checked to see if it was illegal to feed wildlife in this area and apparently it is not. Some more progressive communities (Lakeway) have adopted “no feeding” ordinances and trapping/removal measures to mitigate the situation.
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