Joe Gallegos: No food means no deer
To the editor:
In my opinion, the solution to the deer problem is really a simple one, but finding a way to accomplish this might become a challenge.
Ask yourself, why are the deer in my yard to begin with? Is it to look at my Christmas lights hanging year-round? Or maybe, they want to be social and just pay me a visit.
No, they are in your yard because that is where the food is. All they want is to eat.
And, it just so happens that there is an abundant amount of food in most people’s yards: Flowers, green grass, shrubs, etc.
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So, can you blame the deer for wanting to eat gourmet food? No more than you could blame a man for wanting to eat prime rib.
The solution would be to take away the food source. Without a source of food, the deer will simply walk off and leave, looking for a supply of food.
Now, how do we remove the food source? That’s the hard part, the challenge.
Perhaps an environmental chemist could answer that question. What if the grass and flowers could be sprayed with some chemical that the deer did not like to eat, but was not hazardous to humans or animals?
Just something that would make the deer not want to eat the plants.
Spraying the grass and the flowers in the yards would make them undesirable. So, the deer would wander off to another location. The good side of this would be that those people who like having deer in their yards would not spray their yards and the deer would remain and eat the vegetation there. And, leave their tokens behind.
Just a thought, but what do I know? I am not a specialist in deerolgy.
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