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Published March 10, 2011, 05:35 PM

More Deer than People in Tolna, ND

The population of Tolna, ND, is roughly 200 people, but for the past 15 years, a different population has been growing near there, and is now becoming a problem.

The population of Tolna, ND, is roughly 200 people, but for the past 15 years, a different population has been growing near there, and is now becoming a problem.

15 years ago, a few deer made their way into the city limits of Tolna because it was a hard winter and they found food there.

Now they continue to return each winter, and bring their friends.

The state Game and Fish Department does conduct a fly-over to count the deer and because of the amount, they can only make a rough estimate.

Residents in the area say they believe there are between 2,500 and 3,500 deer within a 10 mile radius.

The deer make their way to Tronson Grain where they feed off of piles of corn and anything else they can find.

"We all kind of looked at it and scare them off and ten minutes later they're right back in it," Rick Tronson of Tronson Grain said.

With this many deer in the area crossing a main road, some might think there would be accidents.

Tronson says in the beginning there were quite a few, but now people know the deer are there, and they know to slow down.

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