Saturday 22 October 2016

A Doubtful Future

    Usually it is a treat to see wildlife out in our yard, but yesterday Joan saw this deer eating willow leaves in the front yard and it made us feel distressful.  It was thin and you could see its ribs.  It didn’t look very healthy.  It is not uncommon to see this sort of condition coming out of winter, but it is not a positive sign for this deer as it heads into winter.
    Our long snowy winters are a real ordeal for wildlife, that is why bears hibernate.  If it is a hard winter I don’t think this deer will come out the other end of it.  Of course that is nature, and if this deer doesn’t make it, it’s body will provide food for coyotes, wolves, birds, and other creatures that also struggle to survive during the cold season and they will appreciate the meal.

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