Whitetailed Deer are extremely plentiful in many parts of the United States. You have to be careful what you plant in your yard, because these guys come through the neighborhood regularly. The only effective way to prevent damage is an eight foot or higher fence around your veggie garden, fruit trees, etc. Deer Block netting can be laid over flower beds. Most of the damage is in the Spring, when they are very hungry. In the fall, they eat acorns, which are plentiful, so they do less damage to your plants.
They are beautiful creatures. It is rare to see a big buck. They are a little bolder in the fall, during the rut, and you may see them at night, driving up to see one in your headlights on the road ahead.
Deer will freeze when they sense danger, and only flee when they feel they are spotted. As you walk around, many times you will see a deer fleeing from your side, only to realize that you had walked right up next to it. They are great jumpers, and they can dash quickly through the thick wooded areas, leaping over the laurel bushes and flashing their white tails.
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