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    A family of white-tailed deer stand at the edge of the IGA Supermarket parking lot in downtown Eastport. “They’re not afraid of people. They’re not afraid of cars. They are almost pets,” said one resident.

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    A group of deer runs for the woods in an Eastport yard, including a nearly all-white deer, a very rare sight.

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    Dale Maddocks smokes a cigarette while standing in his Eastport garden that was overrun with deer this fall despite an 8-foot-high electric fence surrounding the property.

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    A group of white-tailed deer stays close to apples still clinging to their branches in an Eastport yard.

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    Dale Maddocks shows off bulbs of garlic from his Eastport garden, the only crop that deer didn't eat. Maddocks feeds himself mostly with his own food, and that's proven a tall task this year as deer have eaten most of his vegetables.

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    Two white-tailed deer stand in the front yard of an Eastport home in front of a plastic statue of one of their own.

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    Dale Maddocks shucks an ear of corn while sitting in his Eastport dooryard. Maddocks is an avid gardener and had nearly all of his crop from his Eastport farm eaten by deer this season. He had to drive nearly 100 miles to his other garden in Hancock to plant and harvest corn for the winter.

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    Two white-tailed deer stand in the front yard of an Eastport home.

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    Dale Maddocks stands in his Eastport garden amid a crop of corn that was ravaged by hungry deer. An overpopulation on the small island on the far east coast of Maine has led to many crops being eaten from a variety of gardens and an increase in vehicular crashes involving deer.

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    A white-tailed deer is illuminated by a car's headlights in downtown Eastport as it grazes in a front yard at dusk. In 2015 Eastport police reported 20 vehicle accidents that caused roughly $40,000 in damage.

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    Dean Pike, owner of Moose Island Marina, stands behind the counter of his retail store just off Water Street in downtown Eastport. Pike believes a doe only hunt to thin the town's population of white-tailed deer would be beneficial for the small town.

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    Dean Pike, owner of Moose Island Marina, said, “I’ve got five guys who work for me who travel Deep Cove Road six to eight times a day. It’s amazing the number of close calls for deer strikes."

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    Five deer lie down in the middle of the day in a backyard in Eastport just off Route 190, the main drag into the small coastal town.

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    Chris Bartlett, shown on Water Street in downtown Eastport, chairs the Eastport Deer Committee. The town has asked the state wildlife department to approve a special hunt to help thin the herd.

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