Vermont grapples with too many deer in some suburban areas

While it may not be rare to spot deer in wooded areas across Massachusetts, this deer (pictured) nestled itself comfortably in the HOV lane on the Southeast Expressway.State highway workers were preparing the zipper lane for the morning commute when they discovered the stranded fawn. The fawn was later turned over to environmental officials and released back into the wild.Deer are all-too familiar in Weston, where the town has debated catching the animals and injecting them with contraception to limit the burgeoning population.Officials eventually legalized bowhunting during the state’s deer-hunting season between October 15 and December 31.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In the midst of deer hunting season, Vermont wildlife officials are trying to figure out how to reduce an abundance of deer in some suburban and other areas of the state. They say the overcrowding is taking a toll on deer health, damaging forests and causing property owners to complain about deer chomping down their landscaping.

Nick Fortin, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s deer biologist, says parts of the Champlain Valley from Burlington up through St. Albans in Franklin County are the biggest areas of concern.

Other communities around the country have expanded archery hunting, organized targeted hunting events in certain spots, and in extreme cases brought in sharpshooters to decrease the number of deer.

Fortin says the department believes it can manage the problem through expanded archery hunting in the problem areas.

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