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With Ashland overrun by deer, city seeking non-lethal solution

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ASHLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Locals in Ashland have grown accustomed to the hundreds of deer roaming around their town.

But now the four-legged neighbors have become quite a nuisance and locals are wondering what to do about it.

Residents said the deer have become so unafraid of humans, they are even getting aggressive. Locals have been reporting more and more deer attacks.

Homeowners said the deer are knocking people down, attacking dogs, and are being hit by cars. Officials said motorists have hitting an average of 55 deer per year.

Ashland mayor John Stromberg recently called a deer summit so that locals could tell their stories.

Most view the deer as vermin and wildlife experts say the best way to chase the herd out is to kill the deer.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife even offered Ashland permits to shoot the deer, but locals were not thrilled with that idea and quickly ruled it out.

City officials are discussing the possibility of relocating the deer or implementing some form of birth control.

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