Hunting regulations and firearms laws are to blame here for the over population. They get hit by vehicles all the time, very dangerous!
I have a buck herd every summer that goes from spikes to 14 pointers, that live in the woods near the creek bed behind my land, the forage the fields and our backyard every evening from summer until the rut in the fall. There were 18 bucks last year. It's funny, when the bucks finished feeding, they would come around a hedgerow and run beside our house in the side yard, across the road to the fields over there just after sunset every day. As soon as they were gone, a doe herd of about 15-20 would show up and feed where the bucks just left. We have a total of 30-40 just in my little patch, within a mile or two there are 4-5 other herds as big and some bigger.
We don't have a large coyote population yet for some reason, they're all around us but the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the state of Delaware are the last areas to be populated. We have a few in the county, as well as a small cougar herd (4 legged ), and the black bears have started to repopulate here after being gone for around a hundred years, but the population is very small yet. We have a few bob cats, but the DNR denies it.
I'm originally from Northeastern NC and they have a real problem there with bobcats, wolves, cougars, bears, and now a large population of coyotes to go with the alligators.
Edited by toppop52, March 31, 2014 - 12:46 PM.