Friday, August 12, 2011

White-tailed Deer

Erika and I saw several White-tailed Deer fawns along the Cannon Valley Bike Trail on 9 August.  Over the past several decades, many deer populations have exploded. In parts of North America, deer are considered to be pests--they eat garden plants and damage trees. Deer are also a favored host of the deer tick, which carries Lyme Disease. The cutting of forests for timber and for human habitation has resulted in an abundance of deciduous food sources for deer.  Natural predators have also been greatly reduced or eliminated. Deer are further attracted to highway rights-of-way, as these produce a plethora of grasses. The results include collisions with commuters and the ire of gardeners and farmers. Deer population control efforts, however, tend to be contentious.  

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