ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- Although they're pretty to look at, deer can be quite destructive and they definitely don't belong in your yard or garden.
In Minnesota you're bound to see a deer or two if you're out for a drive, but now they're popping their heads up in the most unwanted places, "Their remains are here, their hoof prints, their droppings," when you walk into Dennis and Connie DeLorme's sun-room you see nothing but beautiful treetops.
"However in the last two weeks there's been a devastation and you don't notice until you go outside," Connie explains how deer are consistently trampling their grounds and have already destroyed the nearly 60 trees that line the DeLorme's property. "The deer have come in and basically had a salad bar in our back yard. They've eaten 54 arborvitae trees from the base nearly five feet up."
She shows pictures from before and the difference is clear to see, "This is the view from our patio where we would look our, have our morning coffee and listen to the birds and watch them fly around ... this spring will probably be different for us...we're talking 50-60 thousand dollars."
Deer densities in the southeast are among the state's highest...in some places, ten times that of other parts of Minnesota. Part of that may be to blame on our areas milder temps and lack of large predators...or the fact that roughly 92 percent of the area in Southeast Minnesota is in private ownership, hunters can have a hard time getting permission to hunt deer. compared to parts of northern Minnesota that are 40 to 50 percent public land.
There are some things you can do to protect your property from pesky herds of deer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommends: using deer repellent, motion-activated lights or sounds, a canine or for a more simple trick, try confusing their sense smell with things like human hair, garlic or egg mixtures.
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