Since your column deals with all kinds of animal issues, perhaps you can help me with a deer problem.I have had a new house built close to federal parkland, and at night deer came into my garden and ruined it. I don't want to put up a fence because I like the open, natural landscaping. What is your solution to keeping deer away from my property?.
J.K., Washington, DC Jul 24, 2005
Whitetail deer, as well as other wildlife like raccoons, opossums, moles and squirrels, who will also dig up your garden, were here before you. You have invaded their domain. How many trees and how much natural cover did you destroy to put up a new home and make a garden?If you really like open, natural landscaping, why not make your "garden" a wildlife haven with plants that attract butterflies and provide food and shelter for birds and other animals? Dig a small pond and put up a salt lick for the deer.It is ironic that people like to live close to nature, but then wage war against wildlife with poison bait, fences, electrified wires, bright lights, electronic bug-zappers, pesticides and even live traps.
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