deer where?


Deer are common here — so common that they are considered a nuisance. Gardening columns and nurseries contain lists of “deer resistant” plants. Newspaper articles talk about the pros and cons of “deer culling”. When people mention “the Millidgeville herd”, they’re not talking about a social clique. My parents used to be able to grow bulbs and shrubs in their garden, but now the few plants that survive are protected by chicken wire. Our tulips were destroyed before they even bloomed this spring, and yes, there were deer tracks in the ravished garden bed. In the field behind our house, we often see two or three deer, and the dogs know they’re there even when we don’t. Not even the experts can agree on why the city’s deer population keeps growing, so it seems that we have to learn to live with them. I still think it’s a treat to see them appear… as long as they stay out of my vegetable patch!

Photo taken on July 16, 2010

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4 thoughts on “deer where?

  1. wow I didn’t realise they were such a pest in the garden like that, didn’t cross my mind they’d come so close to a human area. nice shot all the same, I’d certainly find it a treat to see them like that.

  2. There are plenty of deer here, and where we lived before in the GTA. I always love to see these graceful creatures and have only ever had trouble with them eating the occasional plant in the spring. Their ability to live in close contact with people means they thrive in areas where we would never tolerate their natural predators such as wolves. A hunting season seems like the only solution, much as I abhor hunting. In Ottawa in the past year there has been a worse problem. Moose wandering into city areas. A few have been shot by police recently.

    • Oh dear, oh deer! And from what I’ve read, shooting won’t keep down the population, as then there will be less competition for the available food, and they’ll produce more babies to enjoy the largesse.

      Like you, barefootheart, I abhor hunting, at least when it’s only about the big game prize and destruction of life. But if the deer were being managed as a resource — providing food, sinews, skins, etc — I would feel differently… harvest away!

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