As hunting wanes, fear of a southern Michigan deer invasion grows

Read the full story at Bridge Michigan.

They’re nature’s gentle beasts, but in parts of Michigan they’ve grown so numerous that they’re becoming a destructive nuisance, edging out other species like woodland songbirds, devouring agricultural crops and backyard gardens, stunting forest growth and driving up the rate of auto crashes. 

And with traditional deer hunting in decline and continued land development pushing humans and wild animals ever-closer together, species managers say the imbalance now felt most acutely in southern Michigan’s suburbs is likely to continue spreading across the Lower Peninsula.

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