Zoe Gold, 5, was unfazed when a young deer walked out of the woods and slowly towards her as she played with her brother Zachary and his friends in their Dobbs Ferry neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
Im not scared of them and they arent scared of me, young Zoe said. They come here all the time. They are cute.
Residents of Dobbs Ferry and the surrounding Westchester community have become more and more accustomed to sharing their neighborhoods with wildlife as the suburbs grow and deer, raccoons, coyotes, skunks and even an occasional fox learn to co-habit with humans. The animals forage for food, destroy plant life and gardens and boldly appear out of the wooded areas, seemingly less and less fearful of human contact.
Zoe and Zachs parents, Noelle and Scott Gold, who said they enjoyed the meeting between Zoe and the deer, seemed resigned to the fact that their quiet neighborhood had wildlife neighbors and deferred to their children for comment.
The deer are always here and theyre nice, Zach Gold said. They sometimes get close.
The Town of Greenburgh, which neighbors Dobbs Ferry and includes Hastings, Ardsley and Irvington, did an extensive study of White-Tail Deer in the area in 2009, studying health, safety and other aspects of the growing deer population. The report, called White-Tailed Deer in Greenburgh, is available online at www.hastings.gov .
There, Zoe pointed, as the golden brown animal walked out of the cul-de-sac and behind a neighbors home. Hes going to the woods where his family lives.
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