Deer are the new varmints
According to the New York Times (free registration may be required), deer populations have exploded so much that they're throwing the ecosystem out of whack, eating gardens and peoples' shrubbery, and creating hazards in the roads.In a related article, the New York Times also notes that with the spread of deer across the country also comes the spread of a predator: mountain lions. According to the article, with the increase in prey populations and the restricted hunting season, there may be more mountain lions alive now than were alive before the Europeans came to the United States.
From Aureth: Deer as pests is rather old news in the area I grew up in...Back in the early 90s, there was a large debate about what to do about the severe overpopulation that was occuring. With the spread of urban areas, and the decrease in predator populations, this is a problem that won't go away. It is interesting to note, however, that for several years in the mid 90s, coyote populations in the area exploded.