Deer dying after getting stuck in subdivision fence

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Deer keep getting stuck in a Chesterfield fence, and residents who live across the street want it to stop before more animals are hurt or killed.

Dee Bruenger took a cell phone video about a month ago of a deer stuck in this Conway Road fence, freed by the jaw of life.

Bruenger’s mother, Martha Scharf, says the problems began when the Conway on the Grove subdivision was built about ten years ago, displacing deer that lived on that land.

Scharf says, “I’ve lived here over 35 years, this used to be all forest over here. They still think this is their property.”

A black iron fence surrounds the subdivision, and the bars are just wide enough to trap a deer.   This mother and daughter say deer get trapped fairly often, and the latest incident didn’t end well. On Friday morning, they discovered a deer that died trying break free from the fence.

Bruenger laments, “I guess nobody caught it in time, nobody saw it while it was still alive.  This is such a sad way for a deer to die, because of a fence.”

It’s a sad situation, but a common one.  Missouri Conservation Department Spokesperson Dan Zarlenga says there’s unfortunately no simple solution: “Basically, the only way we have to control the deer herd is through hunting, and in urban areas, that’s a lot more difficult to do, because obviously there’s a lot more population.”

Even though the Conway on the Grove subdivision, and others like it, are here to stay, Bruenger and her family hope something can be done about that wrought iron fence before there any more casualties.

She says, “I’m ready to personally tear it down myself, just because it’s not right.”

If you see a deer that’s trapped and needs to be removed, you can call your local police department or local conservation office.