Urban Growth of Deer Population

Eddie Moss was expecting a quiet evening at home with his family Tuesday night, but so much for his plans. A deer jumped through his glass door, putting quite a scare into him and everyone there.

"I didn't know what to think. First I thought it was a dog, then I saw it was a deer," Moss said.

Just a few weeks ago, there was a similar incident at the Super Dollar store in Broadmoor. A deer jumped through a plate glass window there.

If it seems these kinds of problems are becoming more common, experts say it's because they probably are.

The state's deer population is booming. Mississippi has the second highest deer population in the nation, behind only Texas. Couple that with a diminishing number of deer hunters, a population that was once very rural becoming more urban, and you have a recipe for disaster.

"Deer are so adaptable to these urban areas, and you start having problems," said Ron James of Lauderdale County Farm Supply. "You start having interaction between people and deer that you don't want."

Moss said he certainly didn't want it, especially not as far into the city as he lives.

"You don't expect it. I heard about the one on North Hills, but I never expected a deer on 44th Avenue to jump through my door," said Moss.

But with the size of the state's deer population, experts say maybe you should, if not expect it, at least not be surprised if it happens.


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