Deer is an all-encompassing term used to signify a wide variety of hoofed animals, ranging from the common white-tailed deer to populations of mule deer, elk, and moose. Male deer grow and shed pairs of antlers each year. The mammal can be found living in nearly every type of landscape and climate and become major pests when they feed on crops, orchards, vineyards, and gardens.
As with any wild animal, deer behavior can be completely unpredictable. Contact local wildlife officials to help remove deer from a property. Trained wildlife specialists at Critter Control help property owners establish integrated pest management plans that help keep deer away from human habitation.
Are deer known to enter homes or yards?
Deer are opportunistic feeders, which leads many to enter yards in search of new meals. Gardens, farmland crops, and fruit trees are preferred sources of food. As populations of deer grow in surrounding areas, the likelihood of the animal entering yards and farmlands increases exponentially.
Do deer harm people or property?
Though they are usually timid animals, some larger deer species can harm people if they feel threatened. Automobile accidents occur with frequency when deer and human territories overlap. Deer also endanger humans by carrying various parasites, including ticks. Ticks are known carriers of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
Additionally, male deer rub their antlers against trees, which can result in costly damages. For instance, such rubbing may cause vineyard trees to collapse or die, causing a loss of profit.