Deer population management in cross-hairs of Aug. 15 public forum

GUMBORO – Sussex County residents will have an opportunity to meet with state officials to discuss Delaware’s thriving white-tailed deer population on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

State Rep. Rich Collins is sponsoring the meeting to provide farmers and deer hunters with the best, current information on deer management options.

The event will be held at the Gumboro Community Center beginning at 7 p.m.

Deer are numerous throughout the state, not only posing a threat to motorists but also impacting the viability of many family farms. One deer will eat nearly 200 pounds every month, potentially causing significant crop damage with their selective browsing.

Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael T. Scuse, as well as representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will be on-hand to discuss deer management and what can be done to control crop damage.

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