Edgewood residents feeling overcrowded with deer

Edgewood residents feeling overcrowded with deer

EDGEWOOD, KY (FOX19) - Residents in Edgewood are feeling overcrowded with deer and are now taking their concerns to the city begging for something to be done.

There isn't a day that goes by where Jason Tate doesn't see a deer in his yard.

"Sometimes there's 10 or 12 that just meander around the front and backyard," he said.

He has a collection of pictures of the deer on his phone. Shots that he's been able to capture as the deer move in closer and closer.

"It's kind of neat outside of my dog chasing them," said Tate.

The experience hasn't been so pleasant for his neighbor Isa Huffman. She just got her car out of the shop after hitting a deer.

"I just didn't see. I didn't see the animal and I hit the deer and it came up over the top of my car," Huffman said.

She said she's lucky she wasn't seriously hurt.

"The gentleman that fixed my car said that had my windshield been a little more vertical it would have gone through and been in my lap," said Huffman.

The deer continue to multiply because Edgewood has an ordinance that prevents firing weapons including a bow and arrow.

Huffman said something must be done.

"We've been joking about taking matters into our own hands but we don't want to have to do that," she said.

The City Administrator, Brian Dehner, tells us that they are aware of the concerns.

"We don't want to see people out hunting. We're not going to go there yet we may have to at some point in time." For now he says the city is looking at more humane ways to minimize the deer. "We'll try to get information out to our residents on things that they can plant that deer will not work or will not be attracted to," he said.

He said that they will also add signs in the area warning residents to be on the lookout. Some residents aren't convinced that it will be enough but they are hoping the problem is fixed soon.

"I just think that something needs to happen because it's getting dangerous," said Huffman.

Dehner said the deer overpopulating is not just a city issue. He said they will have to work with surrounding areas to come up with a solution to ultimately control the deer population.

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