Gardeners peeved; Ashland counts deer

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Ashland in Southern Oregon is known for its Shakespeare festival and as the home of Southern Oregon University.

Some city residents know it as a place in the mountains where they have to build fences 6 to 12 feet high to keep the deer out of the vegetables — or give up gardening entirely.

City officials haven’t yet proposed a plan to reduce deer numbers, but they are trying to figure out whether the population is actually increasing.

Last week, volunteers took a census. The Ashland Daily Tidings reported ( http://bit.ly/rjIPhD) that, with most results in, they found 186 and figure they overlooked some that were bedded down,

A biologist organizing the count says he hopes to get grants and contributions for an aerial survey this winter.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com