salon’s video surveillance system.
The video was widely shared on social media, joining the ranks of similarly odd images capturing interactions between deer and people, which have become more common as deer populations have surged across the Northeast in recent decades.
The proliferation has been aided by the fact that fewer people are hunting now than they did in previous years, which used to help control the deer population, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. At the same time, urban and suburban areas have developed and expanded, encroaching on the animal’s natural habitat and bringing them into more contact with people.
New York City has experimented with male deer vasectomies to cull its herd on Staten Island. And many other cities, including Cincinnati and Ann Arbor, Mich., have targeted does for surgical or chemical sterilization, or rendered them temporarily infertile with contraception drugs.
offers to help residents deal with deer on their property. “Now they’re everywhere. There’s definitely a problem.”