Solutions to help keep deer out of your yard

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By Teri Wilcox
Meridian Times staff writer

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP — There has been an overpopulation of white-tailed deer in residential areas in Meridian Township.Even though deer are animals people love to watch and feed, they can damage houses and things around your house, according to the Meridian Township website.

Deer fences can be used to prevent the deer from entering your yard and harming your home or property, according to the township.

A temporary electric fence is easy to put together and is inexpensive, according to the Center for Wildlife Damage Management website.

One type of temporary electric fencing is the Peanut Butter Fence, according to the Center for Wildlife Damage Management website.

The peanut butter on the fence attracts the deer and urges them to touch the fence with their noses, shocking them and scaring them away, according to the
center’s website.

The Peanut Butter Fence can be used to protect small gardens with mild deer problems, according to the website.

The deer fences can be placed around your garden or around your house, it all depends on the size of the fence, according to the Meridian Township website.

Another way to keep deer out of your yard is to plant flowers that deer do not like to eat, according to the Meridian Township Website.

Some of those plants are butterfly weed, rough blazing star and black-eyed susan, according to the Meridian Township Website.

Hunting is another way to lower the deer population of deer in Meridian Township.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, it has a deer management plan.

The goal of the plan is to maximize hunting opportunities while preventing anything negative on the ecosystems in attempt to maintain white-tail deer population, according to the Michigan Deer Management Plan.

Meridian Township is creating its own deer management plan and it is going to be based on community concerns are, according to the Meridian Township survey.

The survey where you can give your input can be found on the Meridian Township Website.

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