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Geraldine Merola holds the netting she has placed (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Geraldine Merola holds the netting she has placed around an apple tree in front of her home in Sag Harbor. Merola has had trouble with the deer eating her gardens, as well as the rise in the tick population. (August 1, 2012)

Deer damage on the rise

Readers on the East End are reporting an increase in the deer population this summer.

Geraldine Merola holds the netting she has placed
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Geraldine Merola holds the netting she has placed around an apple tree in front of her home in Sag Harbor. Merola has had trouble with the deer eating her gardens, as well as the rise in the tick population. (August 1, 2012)

Geraldine Merola sits on the front steps of
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Geraldine Merola sits on the front steps of her home with her son, Douglas Stisi, and her daughter, Fiona Stisi, in Sag Harbor. Merola has had trouble with the deer eating her gardens, as well as the rise in the tick population. (August 1, 2012)

Geraldine Merola sits on the front steps of
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Geraldine Merola sits on the front steps of her home with her daughter, Fiona Stisi, and her son, Douglas Stisi, in Sag Harbor. Merola has had trouble with the deer eating her gardens, as well as the rise in the tick population. (August 1, 2012)

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Deer have chewed the hosta down to
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Deer have chewed the hosta down to "sticks" at the home of Geraldine Merola in Sag Harbor. Merola has had trouble with the deer eating her gardens, as well as the rise in the tick population. (August 1, 2012)

Deer have chewed the leaves, stems and buds
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Deer have chewed the leaves, stems and buds of sunflowers at the home of Geraldine Merola in Sag Harbor. Merola has had trouble with the deer eating her gardens, as well as the rise in the tick population. (August 1, 2012)

Deer graze in front of a home on
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Deer graze in front of a home on Leeward Drive in Southold. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Deer graze fearlessly in front of a home
(Credit: Randee Daddona (2012))

Deer graze fearlessly in front of a home on Jacobs Lane in Southold.

A deer grazes on Gin Lane in Southold.
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

A deer grazes on Gin Lane in Southold. In the background, netting aims to protect plants from damage. (Aug. 1, 2012)

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A deer stands in the yard of a
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

A deer stands in the yard of a house on Rambler Road in Southold. (Aug. 1, 2012)

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