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As I rolled down the car window to take a picture, the deer looked up blankly, then resumed munching on the lawn of a neighbouring house. Welcome to St. Andrews, NB, where the deer run wild in the streets and backyards, chomping their way through hedges, gardens and flower beds. The deer invasion, estimated at some 200-300, has become an attraction in this popular Bay of Fundy tourist town — and a scourge for local residents. They have spent a king’s ransom replacing gardens and shrubbery and installing fencing. Many worry about deer-born ticks and lyme disease. The other night two women leaving an outdoor show narrowly escaped serious injury as a startled deer literally vaulted over their heads. Some people are demanding a cull. The provincial government is reviewing the situation. The deer run is the price this beautiful town is paying for its well tended green spaces and gardens.

Robert Lewis

Twelve years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, former Editor-in-Chief at Maclean's, author "Power, Prime Ministers and the Press" (2018, Dundurn; available as audiobook).


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