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Re: Where is everyone? Outside?

Donna, I think it's because we are feeding them too well.  Every doe
has twins these days.  There has been new building near us, but
we are a pretty wooded area with 1 acre zoning and the Blue Mountain
Reservation surrounds our cul-de-sac.  These deer aren't starving - 
theyre very well fed and very tame.  As for control, any time that 
is mentioned people start being sentimental about Bambi.  After
all Westchester County is mostly urban and closely suburban.  
As for fencing, our land is almost impossible to fence.  We are 
on a fairly steep hillside with large boulders on either side of the
house.  One neighbor at the end of the road has tried, but has
found that it doesn't work.  For all the years we have been here, 
I have coped by planting things they don't like, or only nibble at.
This year they have eaten everything, including things they had 
never touched before like Rue (Ruta graveolens) and Artemisias
'Powis Castle' and 'Silver King.'  And a whole patch of Monarda
that they had never touched before, to say nothing of the peony
foliage.  It's really discouraging.
In a message dated 09/23/2007 6:29:27 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes:

I think you need to look around and see what else is happening in your
neighborhood.  Is this just an influx of too many new deer in the neighborhood
and some control needs to be put in place to reduce the population?  Or have
they started building too much and taken away all the natural habitat the deer
once had?  

This is so sad Auralie.  Maybe a 14ft fence surrounding your
property is in order..... gardeners have to do what ever it takes sometime.

----- Original Message ----
From: "Aplfgcnys@aol.com"
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007
6:15:49 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Where is everyone? Outside?

I guess so. They
are around all the time, but usually don't come
that close to the house, and
rarely into the breezeway.

In a message dated 09/22/2007 9:32:28 PM Eastern
Standard Time, 
cathy.c@insightbb.com writes:

How awful! Was it because you
were gone that they got so close to the  

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