The New Jersey Farm Bureau recently conducted a study that found there are about 120-140 deer per square foot in New Jersey, while the sustainable amount is only 15-20 deer per square foot. While this is a massive epidemic within the state, it does not mean we should take to lethal methods of eradicating the problem. Instead, here are some ways to make all of our lives easier while we cohabitate with the deer of New Jersey.
On The Road
There are way too many deer on the side of the road, and there are so many things we could be doing to make sure this doesn’t happen. The first – and probably easiest – thing to do is to look for deer-crossing signs. When you see one of these signs, slow down and be on alert for any deer. Keeping your headlights on can alert deer, and may reflect off their eyes, making them easier to see. Also, try to drive in the center lane when you can to provide more time for reaction if a deer runs onto the road. If this does happen, it’s important to remain calm and maintain a steady course, while braking gently.
In Your Yard
If you live near woods, you may receive frequent visits from deer. This can be entertaining and beautiful, but also damaging to your yard and potentially the deer’s life. There are a number of things you can do to prevent deer from entering your backyard. You can put up a fence to keep them out, refrain from feeding them or other wildlife, and keep out items that deer feed on such as bird seed or fruits. If you enjoy having deer in your yard and you want them to be comfortable, make sure your yard is properly suited for wildlife. You can follow our tips on prepping a healthy backyard, and stop into the store for some deer feed!
When You Encounter A Deer
Deer may seem cute and harmless, but they can quickly turn into dangerous animals if you’re too close or make the wrong move. So, if you do find yourself in the path of a deer, there are some important tips to keep in mind. If you find a small deer alone it’s best to leave it be. It’s likely perfectly fine and just learning how to hunt or live on its own. Interrupting this process can be dangerous for you and the deer. If you find an injured deer, don’t touch it. Simply call a wildlife refuge and follow their instructions. Always be thoughtful of what you’re exposing to the deer, whether it’s your own human scent or toxic, unhealthy food.