Greenville City Council explores reducing deer in residential areas

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville City Council is taking on an issue you may see every morning in your yard or on the way to work. Residents are complaining about seeing more deer in residential areas. It’s something they claim is a problem that needs to be fixed.

That’s why City Council is discussing solutions for this problem Thursday night.

There are two main concerns. One is car accidents. 90% of animal-related crashes in our state over the last 3 years involved deer. Another aggravation is deer eating your plants.

“Just go ahead and accept the fact that you’re not going to be able to grow certain plants and go ahead and purchase certain plants that you know might have a chance of making it. You can also try some of the sprays, but if it rains, it washes it off so you got to keep doing it,” Kenneth Stillwell with Carolina Seasons Nursery said.

These are some of the potential options the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission drew up a report for City Council. However, they say hunting during the legally established season is the best method for reducing the population.

We’ll of course follow the conversation at Thursday night’s meeting and keep you updated. We also want to hear your thoughts. Head to our Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you think.

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