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Pictures and videos of the deer and other wildlife can be seen by clicking on the links at the Villages Deer and Wildlife Page.  Also a graph summarizing the project results.

This article by Hasan Z Rahim gives some history of the project.  This site is in cooperation with DeerFriendly where there is information on deer resistant plants and repellents and urban deer management.

Deer Count:  At the start of the sterilization project in January, 2013, the deer count was 175 with 105 does and 70 bucks. 

Spring, 2019 deer count (April):  The Villages counted 42 does and about 5 bucks, 47 deer including a few does photographed (some on this page) after the count.

Fall, 2018 deer count:  The Villages counted 56 inside the community, 50 does and about 6 bucks.  The count was done later than in 2017, during October when deer are in the rut (mating) and moving more often. 

Spring, 2018 deer count:  The Villages counted about 49 deer inside the community, 42 does and 6 or 7 bucks in April.  A few deer are spending time outside the count area.

Fall, 2017 deer count:  The Villages counted 55 deer, 49 does and 6 bucks in August.  

Deer Updates

Buck 45M, tagged as a youngster by mistake thinking he was a doe, was found dead outside the fence during the deer count in April, 2017.  Doe 73 was found dead on January 29, 2017, at the end of Halladale Ct.  She was one of the deer with a radio collar.  According to our records she was probably 10-11 years old.  No signs of injury other than scavenger damage after her death.

Judy Rogers took this photo in April, 2019

A test on one of the approximately 10 deer that died starting in September, 2016, came back positive for Blue Tongue, a hemorrhagic disease, non infectious, spread by insect bites.  These very small "midges" that carry the disease breed in the mud around water during dry weather where deer may congregate for water.  Cold weather will kill the midges.  No new deer deaths have been recorded since the end of October attributable to Blue Tongue, but one older doe was found dead that may have been from a predator.

First fawn seen in the Villages in years, in Montgomery area with mom, Doe 100.   Update:  Doe 100 was found dead on the golf course on Saturday, September 10, 2016, no apparent cause, but now expected to be a result of Blue Tongue.  She seemed fatigued in the last video recorded.. See more on her page and updates about the fawn. The fawn was sighted two times recently, during the deer count at the end of October and also on November 6, then throughout November.  Looks to be a young buck. See next picture below, taken at the end of November.

This photo of the fawn, showing the beginning of antlers, was taken at the end of November, 2016. 

Impressive antlers on this buck taken in July, 2017.

Deer Management Project at the Villages in San Jose

The tagged does were sterilized as part of an experiment in urban deer management supervised by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Volunteers are keeping track of the deer by conducting regular sweeps of their habitat and counting the population.  If you see one of these tagged does as shown in the photo above,or other San Jose deer information to   Photos helpful.  

Photos from around the Spring, 2019, Deer Count by Frank Langben

Doe 114 photographed after the Spring, 2019, count

Doe 86

One of the few remaining bucks, still has his antlers in April

Here's one without the antlers

Doe 11 likes to move around a lot