White tail deer are beautiful, graceful animals, but they can also cause concern, car strikes and landscape damage being the most common.
On the road:
- October through December are the months with the highest vehicle-deer crash risk, with Novemberthe highest month of year.
- Watch for young deer learning to cross roads. They will hesitate or just stand there. And watch for multiple deer as they move together.
- Drive the speed limit or slower after dusk.
- Use high beams when possible – deer eyes reflect bright white or yellow and high off the ground
In the yard:
- Plant deer deterrent plants so they surround deer-favored species
- Deer love English ivy, hosta, beans, peas, impatiens, pansies, lettuces, fruit trees, strawberries, peaches
- Deer are not fond of fuzzy leaves, thorny plants, strong fragrance and bitter taste. Examples of less-favored plants:
- Tulip (Top of the deer “ick” list!)
- Lily of the Valley
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- Keep yard clean of fallen fruit, crops after harvest
- Scare them with sprinklers, noise and dogs. Let dogs out often to scare deer away.
- Wrap new plants and trees
- Fence gardens – fishing line in 3 strand heights
- Homemade repellents – egg, garlic, soap, fabric strips (must rotate)
- Motion detector lights – urban deer may care less, but some can still be swayed!
Nothing works all the time. A hungry deer will persist to eat our plants where once they had woods and meadows and wetlands and creek buffers. A good goal is to keep them on the move so they are only doing a small amount of damage in any one area.
Whitetail deer fawns in Ohio are usually born between April and July. Read more about how to tell if fawns are nearby, if a doe is being defensive, and what to do.
Sick or Injured
Call the Dublin NON EMERGENCY police number at 614.889.1112 to report a sick or injured animal.
If you encounter a deer make yourself look large, and hide behind a tree or vehicle if you think your safety is at risk. If a deer has entered a building or is endangering people because of its behavior or injury, call 911 for assistance and be sure to tell the dispatcher this involves a live deer and describe the situation.
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