Plan to reduce Collierville deer population may not continue in 2020

Plan to reduce Collierville deer population may not continue in 2020

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - A plan that worked to reduce the over abundant deer population in Collierville in 2018 and 2019 may not happen in 2020.

Now, some residents are seeing the excess of deer first hand.

Dash cam footage captured a deer jumping over a car on a busy Collierville street. The driver nearly swerved off the roadway.

"It must be the most athletic deer in the world," said Memphis resident Cory Whipple.

Dash camera video captures deer jumping over moving vehicle in Tennessee

Whipple's cam was rolling when it all happened Wednesday afternoon on Houston Levee near 240.

"I got it because I was, you know, worried about accidents or something along that line. I never thought that I would catch a deer vaulting a car over at three lane highway," said Whipple.

Just two weeks ago, another deer crashed into a Collierville business. The break-in was caught on camera and shows the deer cross Poplar and go right into the Women of Wellness clinic.

"Probably scared to death with all the traffic and then comes flying through our window. Hits the chair in the corner. Puts the chair through the wall and then gets up and goes right out the front door," said Stephanie Cline with Women of Wellness, PLLC.

In recent years, deer habitats have been disappearing because of growing communities pushing the animals into neighborhoods.

"Commercial growth and residential growth has to occur, but definitely, I guess they're just finding somewhere to go," said Cline.

According to wildlife officials that growth has contributed to an over-population of deer in places like Collierville.

Scheduled hunts in the Collierville area have helped control the population and help in the studying of Chronic Wasting Disease.

According to officials, a total of 27 deer have been harvested in Chickasaw Basin Authority Deer Reduction Events.

In 2018, 16 deer were harvested. Eleven were harvested in 2019 over the course of two hunting events. Deer from the October 2019 hunt were tested for CWD and came up negative. Officials have not received the results from the December.

As of now, there are no plans for a 2020 hunt.

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