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Our Friends, the Urban Deer

December 30th, 2008
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Every late-afternoon we have a visit from three or four deer. And it is not as if we live in the "boonies." We are in a heavily populated suburban city in Saint Louis County, but these critters have made it their home. I have no idea how these guys survive. I've even seen a ten point buck in our backyard! The best was when a momma deer had a little fawn in tow one day last Spring. Here is one of them that I caught from my deck with my 400 mm lens, in the nice light of a late afternoon. And then he took a good long look at me, and just strolled off.

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  1. December 31st, 2008 at 11:12 | #1

    As one who has narrowly avoided hitting an urban deer with my car, in an inner-ring suburb, I am not at all happy about urban deer. They are, as you note, unsuited to the environment, and are a genuine danger. My own view is that a bowhunting season should be declared on them, but I suppose that wouldn’t “fly.”

  2. Steve from Montana
    December 31st, 2008 at 11:12 | #2

    I’m not sure that a little critter like that would even be noticed out here in Montana. It might get lost among the elk, buffalo, and grizzly bear. But it’s nice that you big city folk get to see SOMETHING. :)
    McCain: It is surprising to me the number of critters that roam around down by the creek in our back yard. To date I’ve seen: deer, even some very large bucks, coyotes, red fox, possums, raccoons, groundhogs, etc. etc. Pretty interesting!

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