MDC offers deer damage workshop at Cape Nature Center

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Deer Damage Workshop Tuesday, March 17, from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

“Deer are of great economic importance to Missouri and are a treasured wildlife species,” said Brad Pobst, an MDC Private Land Conservationist. “But they also have the potential to get into trouble with landowners.”

Missouri has enjoyed the success of restoring the state’s native white-tailed deer herd since the 1940s. Conservation efforts over many decades have led to a healthy and plentiful deer herd across the state, affording deer hunting and viewing opportunities for many who enjoy the outdoors.

However, a healthy deer population means conflicts can sometimes develop between people and deer. In addition to munching on crop fields, deer can damage tree and landscape plantings and vegetable gardens, Pobst said. That’s why Pobst and other biologists are working together to equip landowners with the knowledge of how to reduce deer damage on their property.

Registration is required for this program by March 13. Registrations, or inquiries for more information, can be made by calling the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at (573) 290-5218.