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Deer Overbrowsing

Posted on May 11, 2015

I may not be an expert on vegetation, especially ornamental, but something seems…not right…here. You have probably seen similar sights in the last couple of months now that the ice and snow have fully cleared as White-tailed Deer did a number on anything they could eat in the Northeast. Everything just above their head is bright and green, and parts below are bare and brown. Our overpopulation of deer wipes the forest floors clean to the point where they must pick at what we could call scraps like these in our neighborhoods. Some people may object to wolves in their backyards, but they certainly would help to tip the scales and protect our environment, adding back balance to the fragile ecosystem.

Deer overbrowse shrubs-0007

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator