Fawning Season

Courtesy of Landings Public Works

Recently, you may have noticed an increase in the number of deer circulating the island. Worst yet, you may have seen that many have taken a liking to your shrubs and plants. We are currently in fawning season, which begins in late May, early June and continues through the first part of September. When a doe gives birth to fawn(s), they remain dependent on their mothers for four to five months and cannot be culled during this period due to federal and state laws. 

Our USDA representative, Jonathan Smith, still is actively culling bucks. However, doe and fawns are more prevalent during this time of year. Jonathan is maintaining a list of areas within the community that require culling when fawning season has concluded.

Over the last 29 years, the USDA has safely removed an average of 140 deer annually from The Landings’ property. The wildlife program has been successful since its inception in 1994. It provides The Landings Association with one ¾ time wildlife biologist (GS-9), including salary, benefits, travel, supplies, equipment repair, and program support.

If you have a deer concern around your property, please report the issue via our Landings Association phone app. Simply click Submit a Maintenance Request > Miscellaneous Concerns > Animal Concern and answer the computer-generated questions before clicking submit so that Jonathan can put the area on his list for concentration.

This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

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