Blakeslee, PA (PRWEB) November 19, 2013
Deer damage takes many forms – but is avoidable if you’re willing to change your ways.
It’s hard to hear, isn’t it? With their gentle demeanor, deer can create a pastoral setting in our yards as they meander through and nibble. As winter bears its teeth, temptation increases to feed these gentle creatures. But homeowners invite a wealth of problems by attracting these animals close to communities: two of the greatest being the risk to motorists and damage to landscaping, not to mention the ever-present risk of tick-carrying Lyme disease.
What draws them? Food.
This takes two forms: your ornamental shrubs or the treat your neighbor left out for Bambi and friends last night. But the latter, an often- goodhearted kindness, is a recipe for disaster.
Either way, the result is the same: deer damage.
Automobiles collide with more than 1 million deer annually, mostly during the fall mating season. Each accident causes (on average) about $3,100 in damage to vehicles, according to insurer State Farm. Stated in their Annual Deer Collision Report, the incidence of accidents is up 7.7 percent in 2012. Currently, the highest risk states are West Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania. By luring the animals into populated areas, the risk increases exponentially.
Different areas of the United States have similar problems – and similar suggested solutions. The biggest challenge for wildlife rescue organizations and government agencies is preventing the problem before it starts – and that requires changing the behavior in humans.
To solve deer damage in our yards and our communities, we must first make the commitment to change how we interact with them. Deer damage is a communal and not an individual issue.
“We look at it as a people problem, and not an animal problem. Wild animals will be somewhat opportunistic fee
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