Duluth - (Northland's News Center) -DNR officials say they're getting calls year–round with people complaining about deer in their yards and gardens...and that number has grown over the last few years.

Deer Population Explodes

By KBJR News 1

April 21, 2011 Updated Apr 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM CST

Duluth - (Northland's News Center) -DNR officials say they're getting calls year–round with people complaining about deer in their yards and gardens...and that number has grown over the last few years.

"Large numbers of people in Duluth deal with problem deer, so it's a big issue for the people of Duluth. And it's gotten much worse then it use to be. Years ago we very seldom got complaints about deer in town, but they really adapted to living in town and there's a lot of deer that live in, not just in Duluth, but in Urban areas all over the country. This is a common problem," said DNR Area Wild Life Manager, Rich Staffon.

Staffon said there are a number of reasons for the increase of deer in residential areas.

"When you have a cool, late Spring like this, the natural vegetation is greening up very slowly so their natural foods are coming later than normal, so it's kind of a combination of things that have made it more worse this year than probably some other years."

With weather continuing to warm up, residents in Duluth are concerned with the damage caused to home gardens and shrubs in urban and rural landscapes.

"It's on–going. It's maddening, they eat anything and everything. Now what they do is, I have 27 different varieties of hosta for instance. And what they do is they eat out the tender little middles, which ruins the plant. And they don't go to all of them, they go to their favorite ones first and they go down the line, nibble them all down. When they ruin those, they go to the next thing. And the deer will eat anything," said Duluth Resident Robert Petterson.

The Duluth City Council will be discussing the over population of inner–city deer during tonight's agenda session. They're considering whether to allow an annual bow hunt to help control the exploding population.

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