(Re: Truro woman’s effort to have colourful backyard hampered by invasive deer, Truro Daily News, June 11, 2014)
Thank you to Harry Sullivan, regarding his recent article on deer.
© Harry Sullivan - Truro Daily News
Jean Clissold of Truro likes to watch the deer that often visit her back yard, such as the above-pictured buck she photographed in recent years. But she said people who are caught feeding the deer should have to pay a price for their deeds.
I certainly can relate to Jean Chissold’s frustration with the Truro deer populations. We also had several hundred different shrubs and flowers in our garden, including some rare varieties.
When deer first settled in Truro after Hurricane Juan, they had selective eating habits. However, they now appear to have developed a taste for garden varieties.
They especially like yews, holly, hostas, euonymus, tulips and mock orange.
Much of the Truro deer populations have been born in town, in fact, we have watched fawns being born in our garden.
The deer have completed ruined our gardens, costing us thousands of dollars. We no longer have people coming to Truro to see our garden. We once had a busload of more than 70 people, mainly Americans, in Truro just to see our dahlias.
I have been chased by deer, narrowly escaping from a large angry, stomping, snorting buck on one occasion. Last summer, our daughter cut her vacation short after finding our grandchildren playing with deer “marbles” in our yard.
We have a natural resources department to protect wildlife, however, we haven’t been able to find any way of protecting ourselves from the wildlife. Many of our neighbours have moved their shrubs and flowers from their properties. We have given away, or tilled, most of ours.
I certainly agree that it is time to enforce the wildlife feeding bylaw. This is the cause of much of the present problem. For many years, we liked living in Truro, it would be great if we could take back the town.