Low Acorn Production to Blame for Influx of Deer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Officials with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources say low acorn production is to blame for an influx of deer in cities and residential areas.

Officials at Geer Brothers Automotive in Huntington say this year they've been seeing a lot of fur among the many dents they regularly see.

"This truck right here for instance, it looks like it was hit by another vehicle but that actually is a deer hit," said Dale Mead with Geer Brothers.

He says they normally see deer collision damage this time of year, but this has been their worst year yet.

"This past year it hasn't stopped at all it's been all summer, spring and winter; so it just seems like it's getting worse situation," said Mead.

It may be a bad year for drivers, but officials with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources say it's been even worse for the deer.

"This is basically what we would call an oak mast failure, which means that there is very very few acorns," said Christ Ryan.

Acorns are a deer's main food source. Ryan, with the DNR says this has been the worst year in the past 43 years for acorn production, forcing deer to find their meal in your back yard.

"When the acorns aren't in the woods, they have to go look for something to eat," said Ryan. "They're not going to just keep walking in the woods and not find any acorns and they will move out along the edges of the field."

But what is a lot of business for Geer Brothers, is a lot of damage for drivers.

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