PARKER - Prolific deer are posing problems in Parker. The growing herd is luring predators to the Pinery subdivision.
Several mountain lion sightings are making neighbors nervous.
Neighbors sent 9NEWS a newstip very concerned about what they consider a dangerous situation.
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They say the deer population is exploding and that the animals are luring predators to The Pinery.
"It's a beautiful place to live. We love the wildlife," longtime resident Eric Drucker said.
The Pinery has comfortable homes, large lawns, and a lot of deer.
"They eat everything. And I mean everything," Drucker said. "One number I heard recently was over 12,000 deer."
Longtime Pinery resident Eric Drucker says there's never been this many.
"That's a huge amount of deer," Drucker said.
It is a huge amount of food for predators.
"Just last week we had a mountain lion attack 3 houses down," Drucker said.
Neighbors say the mountain lions are most active at dawn and dusk.
"We've seen them on garage rooftops or on big trees," Drucker said.
Drucker worries about the danger to children and pets.
"Up above anything that walks by and if you're unaware to look for it you're putting yourself at risk," Drucker said.
The Pinery's prolific deer population produces the problem with predators.
"Deer and elk are the main prey source for mountain lions," said Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Churchill says neighbors make things worse by feeding wild animals.
"It's not a good thing because at that point, they're not really wild. We need them to stay away from people. We need them to live their wild lives. We need people to take a stake in that. We need people to enjoy wildlife from a distance as best they can," Churchill said.
Pinery policy prohibits deer fencing. Neighbors are encouraged to landscape with deer-resistant plants.
"They are out of control," Drucker said.
Drucker says even the deer are attacking neighborhood dogs.
He worries things could get even worse if more wildlife moves in.
"It's a dangerous situation," Drucker said.
A recent survey by Colorado Parks and Wildlife found nearly 70 percent of Pinery residents think there are too many deer.
Nearly 60 percent feel the deer population has greatly increased over the past 5 years.
More than 70 percent want the deer population to decrease in the next 5 years.
The neighbors who contacted 9NEWS say it's a matter of safety for everyone.
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