Whitetail deer are gorgeous. There’s no getting around it.
If you hate it that your city or county heartlessly kills deer, even pregnant does, here are the alternatives:
- Ask your local government to plant a dense forest perimeter around areas of human habitation. Deer stay away from dense forest, and interactions between deer and humans is the main reason for deer culls.
- Stop planting ornamentals! If you have deer, those cherished tulip bulbs are nothing but deer food. Let your yard go wild with native plants and plant native trees. Ditch the lawn. Suburban lawns are the main reason deer have become a suburban nuisance.
- Pressure your local government to reintroduce wolves into your neighborhood. There’s a good chance wolves were once native to your area. The decimation of wolves and big cats is the main reason for deer overpopulation.
- Lobby to protect deer predators at the local and national level. The despised coyote is actually the best defense against deer overpopulation. And coyotes kill way fewer people than deer, if you add up the car fatalities that result from collisions between cars and deer. Other predators that should be cherished are big cats (especially mountain lions and bobcats) and golden eagles. You don’t believe an eagle can kill a deer? Watch it on YouTube.