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Idaho community addresses deer problem with no feeding ordinance

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Deer are in no shortage in Dalton Gardens. Deer are in no shortage in Dalton Gardens.
DALTON GARDENS, Idaho -

Deer are in no shortage in Dalton Gardens. In fact, deer have been in an abundance for years and the locals have been calling for their removal.

"They probably just got tired of listening to us complain every time," 20 year Dalton Garden resident Gloria Schrock laughs.

More than five years ago, Schrock used to plant corn in her backyard, but that's impossible now, thanks to the deer. "As soon as the crops begin to break ground the deer are there to eat them," she says. For years, she and many of her neighbors have been asking the city council to do something about them.

"There's definitely a deer problem, that's for sure," says Dustin Frantz, a one year Dalton Garden resident. "If you have a garden or if you have fruit trees, the deer think they own everything."

The city has taken steps in the past like issuing ordinances that require people who want to keep gardens to have eight feet fencing. Fences, however, are still not keeping the deer away from easily accessible food sources, and so a "no feeding" ordinance was adopted in early December.

"I don't know if that'll work. Even if you stop people from feeding them, they'll get into your gardens," says Frantz.

Schrock is more optimistic than others in Dalton Gardens, she's thankful the city is listening to her requests.

"It's starting to get really bad, because now the predators are coming in," Schrock says. "Coyotes are becoming more and more prevalent. Just the other day one came to my neighbor down the road and ate one of her chickens."

People are bringing in the deer and the deer are bringing in coyotes and even cougar sightings. The ordinance, however, is only one piece to solving the deer problem, the other is trapping and relocating.

"It's going to take a lot of time for it to work, because most of these deer now, these doe are having twins," says Schrock.

City council members say their goal is to trap and relocate at least 25 deer between January and March of next year.

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