trpmb6 wrote:DanD wrote:
My parents live in (barely) Suburban Washington DC, as in MD within walking distance of the DC line. Their house is in a post WWII development, decent but not huge yards. They routinely have deer migrating through, or even living in for periods in their back yard. In addition, Rock Creek Park, which goes directly into the city, has had to institute a culling of deer, because, with the lack of predators, they are outproducing their food sources. (The meat from healthy animals goes to the homeless shelters in the city). Urban wildlife is definitely a thing these days, and it's not limited to smaller animals.
Many municipalities across the US that have outlawed hunting (either completely or restricting in some form) now find themselves with overpopulation issues. I know of several farms in St. Louis county in Missouri that are along the flood plains of the missouri river that get ravaged by huge deer populations. (In fact, when they have massive floods in that area they stome times have to close the highways due to mass migration of the deer herd). We used to bow hunt on some of those farms but I've since moved and have recently heard they may not even allow bow hunting at this point. You could literally go out there at dusk and lose count of how many deer there were. No wonder the number of deer involved car accidents has risen sharply in recent years.
This is the issue with my neighborhood. I believe that hunting deer here is illegal, and we have tons of them. Their only "predator" is the suburban mom's SUV. I feel bad because you can sometimes see their ribs because they don't get enough to eat. It's a bit better now that we've had a couple years of above normal rainfall, but back during the drought, I don't even know how they lived. There are loads of these scrawny deer that eat basically everything that isn't fenced off. Ironically, they ignore most of the plants in the suburban woodland between the houses.
We do have a pack of coyotes that comes through every so often, but I don't think they can kill deer that aren't fawns.