Eggs could be just the weapon to keep deer and elk, being pushed out of the Utah mountains by heavy snowfall, from eating garden plants and shrubs, the state Wildlife Resources Division said Friday.

"You don't throw the eggs at the animals," said division spokesman Steve Phillips. "You put a raw egg in a blender with a quart of water. Then spray the mixture on trees, shrubs and plants being eaten by deer. The deer don't like the smell and they'll stay away from it."Although deer and elk have moved into residential areas on the foothills east of most northern Utah cities, he said, the division has no plans to feed the animals, as it did during the record-setting 1983-84 winter.

"We don't anticipate feeding them unless the situation gets a whole lot worse," he said. "In the first place, it's not good, sound game management. And, the deer and elk don't need our help this year. They seem to be OK."

Due to a mild and dry fall, right up to the Christmas week, he said, Utah's deer and elk herds "are in good shape. They're handling this winter quite well. It's not at all like '83, when we had heavy fall storms."

But he said a series of heavy storms during the past three weeks have pushed the game animals "onto their historic winter range, where people have now built homes."

Homeowners can wrap trees and shrubs with burlap, to keep deer away, he said, or spray the plants with commercial repellents. But Phillips said dogs should not be used to chase deer or elk away.