Bay Area senior community takes on deer with sterilization

SAN JOSE — A gated California senior community overrun by deer has decided to sterilize the critters.

The deer population has doubled in two years to a herd of 170 at The Villages in the San Jose foothills. The 1,200-acre development has 4,000 residents.

The deer are no longer intimidated by people and they are sometimes aggressive, including making attacks on dogs, according to Darren Shaw, the development's general manager. Additionally, Shaw said the deer destroy about $150,000 worth of landscaping each year.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/10kQ2GF ) says the wildlife management company White Buffalo is tranquilizing and spaying the does in a mobile medical lab each night through Feb. 4.

The company said nonlethal management techniques like sterilization are not always financially practical, but the deer at the Villages live within a fenced area that makes capturing them easier.

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