Arkansas's deer population on the rise in the capital city

Deer population growing in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Through the winding roads of the Kingwood neighborhood in Little Rock, deer are eating grassy yards and feasting on flowers and shrubs.

“It's actually pretty surprising,” said Chris Burks, a member of the Kingwood neighborhood association. “You're just driving, maybe you've got your kid with you, and you turn the corner and there's eight deer.”

Burks has lived on Pine Valley Road for several years and says this year more than ever deer are becoming menace.

“[It’s] usual to see one or two deer from time to time in the city, but this spring for some reason there's six to eight deer regularly in our yard. They have definitely chewed a lot of the yard.”

Burks confirmed complaints to the neighborhood association range from deer damaging vegetation, to car crashes, to health concerns over the deer-tick borne illness Lyme disease. Keith Stephens with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said deer thrive in metro areas because they are adaptable, willing to live around people, and they have no natural predators.

“They've got some fawns, so they need to nurse them,” said Stephens. “You're going to see them along highways, anywhere there's green grass and some good plants.”

Burks and other neighbors are scared the increase in the number of deer could cause problems for motorists too.

“It wouldn't surprise me if we have a lot of accidents.”

Game and Fish said a fence is probably the best way to keep them out of yards, but suggest growing garlic to keep them out of gardens.

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