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Discussion in 'Nature' started by newst, Aug 11, 2017.
Surprising how UN-afraid those deer are. They must feel very protected in that area.
These were about 20 yards from the trail, and visitors aren't allowed to go off trail there. I have had the deer sit and watch me photograph them from as close as twenty feet off the trail. They tend to view us as a curiosity.
This young lady wasn't going to stop eating to let me pass (the boardwalk is over swamp) but she let me come up to about 12-15 feet to photograph her. Good thing too as I had a Helios-103 53mm lens on the camera.
Those are some pretty calm deer.
The western end of the Nature Center is a chain link fence less than half a mile from my house. It's no barrier for the deer at all. I have seen a Doe lift the bottom of the chain link fence with her nose to let her fawn into the reserve then jump the fence as easily as we would open a gate. Consequently, the deer roam the neighborhood freely and frequently. People aren't strange to them at all.
Several years ago there was a large buck in the reserve that was locally famous. One fall a pair of as$%*&#@ climbed the fence at night and shot it. These guys were so dumb they posted their poaching on Facebook, with photos. Needless to say, they were reported, arrested and convicted. No one, to my knowledge, has molested the deer since.
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