White Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Creekside Reserve, Beavercreek, Ohio
"Live bold, without fear. This is life amongst the deer." - Giovannie de Sadeleer
A lone deer carefully crept towards me as I stood frozen. There is something stunning about this large hulking mammals. Some of them can be so skittish and shy of humans that they will retreat at the first sight. Others are completely comfortable being near humans and won't even bat an eye. I attribute this instinct or behavior to hunting season.
The state mammal for Ohio, white tailed deer have a rutting season where they grow antlers only to have them fall off. To lay down their scent in areas, they will rub the antlers against tree bark, leaving scratched portions visible for us to see. Some may see these beautiful mammals as hunting food, as roadkill to dodge at night, or eating our birdseed and plants. I simply see them as another creature with its' own complex set of challenges with living on this planet. We aren't too far different in that regard.
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