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Truro issues pamphlet urging residents not to feed deer

The Truro is sending out a pamphlet urging people not to feed deer in hopes of cutting the population in the town.

'The problem deer are the ones that have never left town'

A new pamphlet is discouraging Truro residents from feeding or interacting with deer. (CBC)

The Town of Truro has produced a new pamphlet urging local residents not to feed the local deer to help curb the animal's population.

Parts of the town have been overrun with deer.

"They have never left the centre part of the town here," said Truro Coun. Tom Chisholm. 

"It would be the same as if you had them down on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, they're a long way from any park but it's just become their home."

'They just multiply'

Catherine Stewart lives on Kaulback Street, a part of Truro where deer run rampant.

"I've had 15 to 18 up here at one time," said Stewart. "They've been here for years and every year they just multiply."

Stewart says the deer in her neighbourhood are causing major issues in her yard.

"I've got everything netted just so I can keep the few flowers that I have and they get smart enough they can get around that too," she said. "You look around and there are deer paths everywhere."

Cute, but it's a problem

The deer population has been a hot topic for years in the town of Truro.

The controversy is not going away this spring and summer, and so far this year there have been numerous fawns found on people's properties.

While it's a cute sight for many, it's a problem the town wants to avoid. 

Pamphlets are now being sent out that encourage people not to feed and interact with the animals.

No simple solution

"The problem deer are the ones that have never left town and have been here for a couple of generations now," said Chisholm.

"There's not a simple solution and the best thing we can do to try to dissuade them from getting through the winter and not feed them in the wintertime."

Chisholm says anyone caught feeding deer in town is breaking a bylaw. The maximum fine is $1,000.

He says the idea of a deer cull is too risky because of the area's dense population.