The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Tuesday released the results of its December deer survey to the Tega Cay City Council.
DNR wildlife biologist Jeff Witt says a two-and-a-half-hour spotlight survey that covered eight-and-a-half miles turned up 47 deer.
Witt says that’s equivalent to one deer for every 11 acres of land.
“If you want to control deer-vehicle collisions or damage to landscaping, then you may want to reduce the population,” Witt said.
“It’s just a matter of what the residents feel like they can live with,” he added.
Witt says Kiawah and Hilton Head Islands have active deer management programs with a private consulting group.
He says their targets are one deer per four acres, which is three or four times the number of deer found in Tega Cay.
The city council took no action Tuesday on the survey results.