“Deer have not always been pests. Native Americans regarded deer as magical creatures. Early pioneers relied on them as an essential food source. Deerskins were used by settlers as a form of currency, leading to the slang term “bucks.” Now, perceptions of these creatures are colored by a not-in-my-back-yard attitude. When deer dine on a prized yew, or trash the apple tree, the vegetable garden, and the rose bush, gardeners don’t appreciate the worth of deer.” This from an online gardening magazine I receive, Vegetable Gardener.
For the entire article, which addresses the effectiveness of various methods of discouraging deer from your Charlottesville (or other) garden, Oh, Deer.