A reader named Ryan sent us this picture of a deer wandering brazenly around Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge last night around 7:15 pm. This deer is so close to the front door, it practically looks like he’s going trick or treating!
Deer sightings used to be rare on streets this far from Eagle Rock or Mills Reservation, but they’ve become increasingly common. Bernard Wallerstein, a master gardener for Essex County, says he’s had to completely change his Llewellyn Park landscaping due to deer proliferation in recent years.
Wallerstein says deer love to eat day lilies, hosta, impatiens and arbor vitae. They don’t like holly — too sharp — or the thorns on roses. For a brochure on outsmarting deer, call the master gardeners at 973.228.2210 and they’ll send you one.
Meanwhile, word to the wise. Where there are deer, there are also deer ticks. “The minute you have deer, you have to be examining your children,” Wallerstein warns.