Overwhelming amount of deer at Kure Beach

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Some residents at Kure Beach say they have been invaded by deer, and for some the animals aren't just a nuisance, they're a safety hazard.

Sandy Cox knows that at any given moment the flowers in her yard could easily disappear.

"They will just come in the night they can graze out every blossom," said Cox.  "And everybody is having this problem, it's not just one or two people but everybody."

Deer are to blame for the late night grazing issues.  People living there said if you drive through the beach community at any time, you're likely to see one of the animals.

The problem is so bad it has forced some residents to buy commercial sprays to keep them away, like Deer-off.

The problems with the deer go beyond eating plants in people's yards or gardens - they're also eating vegetation and flattening dunes at the beach.

"Which is really important during hurricanes," said Cox.  "We're trying our best to keep vegetation built up. And they are eating it, sleeping laying down and smashing it all down."

For Kure Beach Mayor Mac Montgomery, the deer pose a safety issue.

"We have a huge concern about the tick population and we have an increasing number of deer being hit by cars especially on Dow Road," said Montgomery.

According to the mayor, deer are coming from a large area owned by the Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal.  He said a possible solution is turning that space into a game land.

"To make a portion anywhere from 700 to 800 acres adjacent to Kure Beach and Carolina Beach a Game land," said Montgomery.

Town officials said public hearings on the issue could start this fall.  If a part of the Sunny Point area is turned into a game land it'll go into effect fall of 2010.

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