Cache Valley residents plead for help with urban deer problem

CACHE COUNTY — Anyone who has driven along the benches in Cache Valley lately may have noticed what seems to be a growing population of deer roaming the foothills and in some cases, even neighborhoods. This has people from Smithfield to Avon and every town around and between asking what can be done about the seemingly fearless deer.Michelle Spuhler, of Providence, says she’s had a problem with deer in her yard for as long as she can remember. “It’s frustrating because they will eat anything I plant, everything from my roses to my tulips and even my potted plants.”They are out there from dawn to dusk,” said Spuhler. “You can look out any time and they’re just grazing. They don’t even get scared away if you walk outside.”Though many people are frustrated by the uninvited tenants inhabiting their neighborhoods, not everyone has a deep-seated animosity towards the free-roaming deer.”The snow drives them out of the mountains in the winter and into our yards to forage. They’ve been doing this for hundreds of years,” said Jake Dinsdale of Hyde Park. “People just need to understand that the deer are going to come down and eat, they’re adapting just like we are. We’re building higher and higher, pushing them up the mountain.”According to Cache County Animal Control, not too many complaints are made in regards to the free-roaming deer. “I think most people just sort of expect it,” said animal control officer Danny Hulse. “People live in the hills and know there’s going to be deer around.””I would say 90 percent of our calls are in regards to domestic dogs,” said Hulse. “We get quite a few calls about loose horses and cows but not too many complaints about the deer. The few deer calls we get tend to be about dogs chasing deer through the neighborhood or deer stuck in fences.””I know this is where they live now,” said Spuhler, “It’s a tough thing to live with.”===People in rural neighborhoods aren’t the only ones having problems with deer. According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, many farmers in Cache Valley have been having problems with deer and elk eating their crops.”We’ve had a high number of reports from farmers in Cache Valley…

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