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Senior community takes on deer with sterilization

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A gated California senior community overrun by deer has decided to sterilize the critters.

The deer population has doubled in two years to a herd of 170 at The Villages in the San Jose foothills. The 1,200-acre development has 4,000 residents.

The deer are no longer intimidated by people and they are sometimes aggressive, including attacks on dogs. Additionally, the deer destroy about $150,000 worth of landscaping each year.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/10kQ2GF ) says the wildlife management company White Buffalo is tranquilizing and spaying the does in a mobile medical lab each night through Feb. 4.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the sterilization plan.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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