Prospering Wildlife Create New Problems for Farmers, Suburbanites

Nashville (AP) -- Deer hunting season ends this month, and the state expects a record harvest with nearly 180,000 deer killed.

That reflects a growing population of deer and wild turkeys, which are flourishing with a strong restocking effort and excellent natural habitat.

Tennessee is now home to around a million deer and 295,000 wild turkeys.

But the excess in wildlife poses problems for farmers who more and more find the wildlife feasting on crops.

With an ever-growing population, suburban areas are also running into wildlife habitats.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials say carefully regulated hunting seasons are essential to controlling the prospering wildlife.

Wildlife officials adjust the limits on the number of deer that can be killed in a hunting season to reach a delicate balance between a healthy population and overabundance.

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