- Posted April 2, 2012 by
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Our Neighbors, The Deer
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Spring means a dramatic increase in the number of wildlife visiting our neighborhoods in Northern New Jersey. Wild animals are much more active this time of year, building nests, searching for food or having babies.
We are one of a rapidly growing number of families that are sharing our neighborhood with wild deer. As suburban development sprawls into rural areas and wildlife is forced into smaller and smaller bits of natural habitat, deer are finding the lush lawns and gardens of suburbia to be an increasingly attractive option.
That deer-human encounters are on the rise is no surprise. As former habitat has been converted into roads and housing, the deer have no where else to go.
Photos by Lulis Leal