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    Posted April 2, 2012 by
    Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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    Our Neighbors, The Deer


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JoyfulGypsy says her yard in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, really springs to life in the springtime. 'My garden comes to life in the spring. We have many animals sharing our yard with us -- from deer, birds, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, chipmunks and squirrels. It's a big critter party,' she said.
    - 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
    My backyard

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