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Deer are hoofed animals that range from gray to brown. There are about 40 different species in North America. Cities, townships, municipalities, and airports often need professional help in reducing the amount of them in a particular area. In Northern Michigan, we experience a high volume of Whitetail deer. When these animals become overpopulated in a city, they can become a danger to its residents for several reasons.
These reasons include:
- Increase in car accidents
- Attacks on people
- Increase in diseases
Whitetail deer are the smallest members of the North American deer family; they are the only species of deer indigenous to Michigan. In the summer, whitetails typically inhabit meadows and fields using clusters of coniferous woods for protection from the sun. During the winter season, they generally remain in dense woods, preferring coniferous trees that can provide shelter from the elements.
Mature whitetails have reddish-brown coats in summer, which fade to a duller grayish-brown in winter. Male deer, or bucks, are easily distinguishable in the summer and fall months by their ever-growing set of antlers, which sprout annually and are shed in the winter. Only the bucks grow antlers, which bear several sharp points, or tines. During the mating season, known as the “rut,” bucks fight one another over territory with their antlers, which are used in sparring matches.
Female deer are called does, and they give birth after a gestation period of seven months to one to three young (fawns). These fawns have a reddish-brown coat with white spots that helps them blend in with the forest.
Behavior & Control
Deer prefer to stay within a particular area and will rarely venture off to join a new herd; if they do, it is typical of the other herd not to accept the animal. Their herds can include up to 25 members! This is why management and population control is so important.
Airports, for example, will have issues with deer if they do not have 12 ft or higher fencing around the airport. Anything less than 12 ft tall will allow them to jump over can become a hazard for airplanes taking off and landing.
Hogarth Pest Control & Wildlife Removal has been trained and certified to shoot in sensitive environments and can remove overpopulated deer to provide a safer environment for the client.