The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 5, 2013

Deer can damage gardens

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — With more than a half million white-tailed deer in Oklahoma, many landowners experience nature in its purest sense as the deer can be viewed at close range.

However, this has become a problem over the years as the deer population has increased, forcing thousands of these animals into peripheral suburban areas, leaving homeowners to deal with damage to ornamental and garden plants.

While damage control is not an easy problem to fix, there are several methods homeowners can use to reduce occurrences.

Trapping and moving excess deer has been suggested by homeowners as a humane alternative to hunting with guns, but due to the cost it is simply not practical. Another method is to use either area or contact repellents.

Repellants may provide relief on small areas of high value plants, but for large areas it is not a good option. Electric fencing can be used to condition deer to not use an area as well.