the deer are back!

This summer, I posted a picture of a doe visiting the salt block in back of our house. At the time, she was nursing two fawns that we saw with her regularly in the fields or going through the woods. The camera-shy fawns were hidden in the brush when I snapped this picture.

Not long after I took these pictures, a small band of coyotes (probably members of the same family) came through and we feared for the deer trio. Nature gives all creatures skills for survival. The doe’s first defense is her sense of smell; her second defense is speed and agility. Her fawns still had their spots which act as camouflage, and, at this age, they have no scent, helping them to hide and escape detection. The coyotes moved on after local hunters and their dogs pushed them out of the area, but there were no further sightings of the doe and fawns, and we feared the worst.

But yesterday we got a pleasant surprise. At dusk, the doe and her two fawns reappeared. Looking fat and healthy, they grazed the tender grass in our front yard. Amazingly, the whole family had eluded the coyotes.

Even though we have to go to extra lengths to protect our blueberry bushes and vegetable garden from the voracious appetite of the browsing deer, we’re still glad they were spared.

7 thoughts on “the deer are back!

  1. WOW! That is a beautiful story with a very happy ending! I love seeing deer around us, too – and I am going to put out a salt lick and some food when the weather gets a little colder. We had seen about five or six deer earlier in the Spring, but haven’t seen them all Summer, so we are hoping to see them this Fall and Winter! Margie and Dan

    • I’m sure if you put out hay or corn close to the woods or trees that they can use for cover, they will come. I bet that the deer get one heck of an appetite up there in the northeast!

    • Thanks for commenting, Tracy. Yes, it’s amazing how each creature has one or more built-in defense mechanisms. We thought the deer were goners for sure! Momma took good care of her babies!

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