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March 22, 2016 2 min read
Occasional injuries to individuals and property damage result each year from road accidents that involve deer. In addition, farmers tend to suffer from crop damage when deer conquer a certain field. The same concern exists even in today’s modern environment. When deer population increase, the incidence of deer damage to nurseries, orchards, garden and agricultural crops, and landscape materials also increases.
The extent of agricultural damage that is attributed to this animal varies in severity. Some states greatly suffer from the damage that deer causes while others don’t. Generally, the amount of damage depends on the size of deer population within a certain location. Usually, deer population is identified by hunting pressure, natural habitats, and even land-use patterns, the reason why statewide basis tend to suffer from lighter damage. But when the damage is intense, some property-owners tend to end up with great economic loss.
Deer damages are more likely to happen within a day, but the problem doesn’t really happen instantly. Severe damage usually occur when highly-preferred crop are planted in a deer sanctuary or in a place with huge number of deer inhabitants. Even in places with lesser number of deer, particular crops are often prone to great damage. Deer do love agricultural crops rather than wild foods.
Deer damage may also result from inadequate reduction of deer population by natural cases or hunting. Sometimes, recent changes in the land use also contribute to the severity of damages cause by deer. Regardless of the root cause, landowners or individuals who are devastated by the animal demand relief from their problem.
The accumulation of deer in some states causes great disaster. In worst scenarios such as deer-car accidents, it may put the life of people on the road at stake. Generally, incidence of deer/car collisions results to great financial loss (as result of car damage and even injuries) and even death of deer and drivers.
Because this situation is already inevitable, organizations affiliated in deer control recommend the use of numerous means to deter deer from causing severe damage on their properties. Among of which are the following:
Fencing-Different types of fence are used to control deer-related property damage. The option for fence usually depends on the cost, requirement and even timeframe. Type of fences includes eight-foot deer-proof fence, snow fencing, slanted outrigger and binder-twine fence. There are also electric fences such as single-strand electric fence, peanut butter fence, and poly tape electric fence.
Deer Repellents- This strategy of controlling deer damage may be the least effective. Nevertheless, this still works in terms of reducing crop damages. Deer repellents are usually more effective in small crop cots and when it is attached to particular plants.
Apart from that, there are other deer deterrents that are available in the market. There are hornets for vehicle use and mechanical deer deterrents that can be used in your backyard.
Deer do really causes significant damage. But there are already numerous means to reduce, if not eliminate the occurrences of deer-related incidence that cost humans great lost and poses great safety risks.
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