- The most common species of deer in Southern California is the Southern mule deer.
- It is the only large plant-eater native to San Diego County.
- The “rut” or mating season usually begins in the fall and males become more aggressive, competing for mates.
- Fawns are born in the spring, staying with their mothers during the summer and being weaned in the fall after about 60–75 days.
- Mule deer females usually give birth to two fawns.
- Every spring, male mule deer grow a new set of antlers, each one larger than the last.
- Their diet consists of Meadow grasses, leaves, berries, fruit, twigs, and buds.
- Deer typically come out of the woods at twilight to feed.
Ways to Discourage
- Gardens are an attractant to deer because they like the new plant growth that takes place in a well-tended garden. One way to discourage them is to undesirable or “deer resistant” plants. These plants will be labelled as “Deer Safe” at your local nursery.
- If you don’t like those plants, you can mix them in with those you prefer and work to protect the ones you care about.
- Fencing is not recommended, as deer can jump 9ft creating a costly fencing project.
- Scare tactics like sirens and strobe lights are not recommended, as neighbors will also hear it, and deer become used to the sounds etc.
- Hanging bars of soap 3 ft. apart has worked for some people.
- Trim hedges, bushes, and trees to reduce areas of cover.
- If you choose to spray a deer repellent, we recommend checking to make sure it is safe for pets and other animals.
- We do not recommend killing or harming deer as a solution. It is illegal to shoot deer without proper permits.