Friday, April 8, 2011

Deer Developments

There have been a couple of developments in the deer situation in our neighborhood.

 In this post from a few weeks ago, photos from our game camera showed just the beginning little knobs of antlers on the local black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianusbucks.  Take a look at them now, just a few weeks later. They have grown significantly.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, antlers are the fastest growing tissue in any mammal.

Now, take a look at this video clip below, also taken by the automatic game camera.  Compare it to the photos in this post from just a few weeks ago. Back then, we speculated that one of our doe neighbors may be pregnant. And sure enough, I'd say the doe trotting away from the camera definitely has a bun or two in the oven, so to speak.

Perhaps in another month or two we will have a spotted fawn or two to gaze at, and a full set of antlers on these bucks.  We will keep you posted.

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