In a recent survey conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, more than 90 percent of respondents believed in the importance of having wildlife in their neighborhoods. Parker residents are no different; we benefit greatly by having nature right here on our doorsteps.
As our area's population continues to grow, the very wildlife so many of us value is greatly impacted. One of the most abundant and impacted species in our community is deer. To make sure that we are co-existing responsibly with these beautiful creatures, please remember the following tips!
Tips for Living with Deer
- Don’t feed deer! Intentional or inadvertent feeding is the major cause of many problems people encounter with wildlife. It is against the law to feed deer and many other types of wildlife, so if you know of a neighbor, friend or family member who is doing so, please remind them of the impacts and consequences.
- Deer are creatures of habit. Anything out of the ordinary can intimidate them.
- One way to keep deer off of your property is to plant a deer-resistant garden featuring plants, shrubs and trees that contain natural chemicals and characteristics that deter deer from wanting to consume them.
- Proper fencing can also prevent deer from turning your garden and yard into a buffet.
- If you happen upon a fawn lying quietly by itself, leave it alone. Even though the fawn may appear to be orphaned, it is likely not alone; its mother is nearby, aware and attentive. If you are absolutely certain
- the parent deer has abandoned its young, report it to the Parker Police Department or to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Tips for Driving in Deer Country
- Always be aware and careful when driving in areas known to have deer populations. Follow the speed limit and scan the road carefully—assume that where there is one deer, there are more.
- Deer are most active at dawn and dusk, and this is also a dangerous time to drive due to visibility conditions. Be especially alert when driving during these times.
- Try to drive more slowly at night, which will give your more time to see a deer with your headlights.
- Take note of deer-crossing signs and drive accordingly. They were put there for a reason.
- Be especially watchful when traveling near steep roadside banks. Deer will pop onto the roadway with little or no warning.
- If you do have a collision in your vehicle with a deer, make sure to pull off to the side of the road and put on your hazard lights. Call the police, and make sure to stay away from the animal. Injured or frightened animals can be dangerous, so resist the urge to approach or help it.