Deer feeders are growing in popularity among area officials
- Deer feeders are growing in popularity among area officials
As the number of new homes in this area continue to rise, the clashes
between where Chester County has been (lush woods and interesting
wildlife) and where it is headed (a region of medium to high-end
residential communities surrounded by light retail and well-manicured
A continuing issue for those who inhabit and build living communities
within the open areas has been how to handle the deer population which
can be at the same time the most harmless and potentially harmful
species facing families.
The deer has unfortunately found itself to be the victim of progress as
its habitat has been radically altered to accommodate endless intrusions
from road construction and residential sprawl.
Many homeowners have ventured into their backyards to find the furry
visitors snacking on shrubbery or finding goodies in the garden. Many
have adjusted to meet the deer by either laying out food for it or by
building fences to keep it out.
The changing of the habitat has also brought new hazards to the human
population as we now know that the deer is one of the biggest carriers
of a particularly harmful parasite, the deer tick.
We know that ticks can carry a host of severe illnesses including Lyme
disease and Rocky Mountain Yellow Spotted Fever.
Fear of such tick-borne illnesses has led public and private interests
to put more emphasis on deer hunting season and some to go as far as
hiring sportsmen groups to target venison in local residential
The Brandywine Conservancy has wisely latched on to the deerfeeder
program and hopefully it will wisely govern the expansion of the
initiative within the southern Chester County region.
Right now, deer feeders look like the best option for controlling the
tick population in the area while posting the least amount of potential
damage to the deer.
The pesticide that is rolled on the fur of the animal through the
corn-feeding mechanism has been shown to be relatively harmless to deer
at this point and the potential impact to other wildlife is also worthy
Townships looking to invest in deerfeeders should be commended and
should hold workshops and question and answer sessions conducted between
wildlife experts, governing officials and residents to see if the device
is proper for their ecosystem.
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