I came across this article through another blog — depressing news for gardeners! We know the deer population is exploding just from the devastation they wreak in our gardens. And they’re watching us, adapting to our habits.
The article is on the long side but here’s part of the message:
Deer are what’s known as an edge species. They can exist in many environments, but they prefer boundary regions between woods and grasslands. The deep center of a mature forest is not ideal for deer. They do better at the edge of a forest, where sunlight and ground vegetation are abundant, and where they can venture to browse in the open but retreat easily into cover. And what is suburbia but edge? Little patches of forest that give way to lovely little patches of fertilized grass, ringed with tasty daylilies?
In fact, it may be exurbia — sprawl — that caused the deer population to explode, particularly in places with large houses on one-, two- or 10-acre lots. The typical exurban subdivision is a ready-made deer park. A single property may contain woods, water and lawn, everything a deer needs for cover and comfort.