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Deer{Odocoileus hemionus}

Deer are common throughout our foothill communities. They have adapted to the landscaped yards of our urban environment and may browse on the plants in and around your yard.

Appearance
Deer are large, hoofed animals. The males of the species grow antlers which are discarded and regrow each year. All deer are graze eaters, feeding on shoots and leaves of woody plants during early morning and evening hours and in the moonlight.

Behavior
The males (bucks) may become more aggressive during the fall. Young deer (fawns) may be left alone for several hours while their mother forages for food, so do not remove a fawn from its surroundings. If you are concerned about a fawn's well-being contact your local humane society or wildlife center.

Deterrents
- Many times a particular odor or taste repels deer. It must be fresh to be effective. There are many products available from local home improvement and garden centers.

- Certain plants will not only beautify your yard but they can also serve as a natural repellent to deer. Deer also see in color (dogs and many other mammals don't) so they are attracted to some brightly colored plants.

- The most effective way to keep deer out of small areas is with a fence or netting. Since deer can easily clear a 6 foot fence an effective fence would need to be 7 to 8 feet high.

- Some other repellents used to deter deer are soap bars, hot sauce spray, and eggs.

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