About 10 days ago–during that last heat wave–I walked into a wooded area on my property with my dog and this fawn stood up. If it had not, chances are I never would have noticed it at all.
I’ve been having a tremendous amount of deer browse damage this year. Most of it I tolerate. The deer have to eat something and so much of the land in my town is getting developed. Even my new neighbor across the street has taken out countless trees and undergrowth–which is where the deer used to leave their fawns during the day while they were off foraging. I guess I’m one of the few “wild” places left in town.
One of the places I’m trying not to tolerate the “browse” however, is in my vegetable garden. I’m looking for creative and non-toxic solutions so that I actually get to eat some of my vegetables this year. So far the pole bean leaves have been browsed to the stems several times and the tops of the tomatoes have been nibbled off (hard to get tomatoes that way!) The lettuce was completely eaten, but fortunately only at the end of the season.
The Spoiler won’t permit fencing so I’m at an impasse. I guess he really doesn’t like vegetables.