The white-tailed deer population in Oklahoma has increased from about 40,000 in the 1960s to around 500,000 today. Photo courtesy of Agricultural Communications Services.
Deer proofing can help preserve your landscape By Trisha Gedon Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service hen the crisp fall air arrives, many people find themselves spending more time outdoors. Not only do Oklahomans enjoy fall activities such as high school and college football, roasting hotdogs over a firepit or evening walks around the neighborhood, many begin to add more color to the landscape with a variety of fall plants. However, some of this landscape 46 — Oklahoma Country
material is not only attractive to humans, but to wildlife as well – especially whitetailed deer. When the weather begins to cool down, wildlife may be looking for a food source as natural vegetation begins to die back, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist. “As deer begin to move into an area, homeowners initially enjoy seeing them
in their landscape. In fact, some may even encourage deer to come into their yards,” Hillock said. “However, their attitude likely changes once their trees and shrubs begin to show damage and fall gardens become more difficult to grow because of continued browsing by the wildlife. Deer, especially, can be the culprit for uprooted plants, stripped branches on trees and shrubs, and