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Sooo . . . the count for this week:
- Opossums – 2
- Birds – 1
- Squirrel – 1
- Unidentified – 2
I had the always fun experience yesterday of seeing 3 deer browsing in my yard. They pass through the back yard – where they seem to find the most edibles, and then go around the house, either on the west or the east sides. They like to forage in my vegetable-gardening next-door-neighbor’s yard, then cross the street to the neighbor who grows lots of flowers. I guess flowers must taste good, because they spend a lot of time there.
I love seeing the deer, and I believe they use my yard because the vegetable-gardeners on one side of me have 7 children, so I suppose that is unappealing to the deer, and the house on the other side has an even steeper slope in the back than mine does. Not that the deer couldn’t navigate it, it’s just that I have no dogs, no kids, and some apparently good tasking plants. They seem to love the Oregon Grape, which surprises me, because the plants do well in my yard, and don’t show any detrimental effects from being munched on. Maybe the deer were eating the tiny blossoms? I couldn’t tell from my kitchen window.
I worry about the deer crossing the road, but they seem to be OK, so far. They cross my street, which is a two-lane affair, no stripe down the center, and no sidewalks or curbs; a typical county road, but with houses neck-to-neck all along it, and idiots who drive well over the 25 mph speed limit. Then they must cross a road which is also two lanes, but has a double yellow line down the center of it, and a speed limit of 35 mph, which means many of the cars are doing 45.
I’ve lived here for 8 years now though, and haven’t seen a road-kill deer anywhere near my house yet. I’m sorry to say, I sometimes think of what it would be like to kill a deer and butcher it for food. Sorry, I know many hunt deer, and so I wonder . . . Not to worry, I’m not going to slaughter the things in my yard, with 7 children next door. That would be just too weird.
I’ve never hunted anything anyway, I’m just thinking . . . you know, when that big earthquake I’ve heard about all my life hits, and there are no groceries in the stores . . .
Anyway, watch where you are going, look out of the corners of your eyes for movement on the sides of the road and be ready to slam on your brakes. Or god forbid, slow the fuck down so you can maybe stop in time to save an animals (or kids) life, and your car as well.
Yesss . . . . and this weeks count is:
- Squirrel – 2
- Birds – 2
- Unidentified – 3
- Rabbit – 1
I’m pleased to say I don’t see dead deer. Last week I did stop for 4 deer trying to cross a road, and I’m happy to say they all made it safely to the other side. They did seem to be aware of the cars and were looking and seemed to be waiting for the them to stop.
Maybe my theory that the smart ones survive and live to reproduce smarter deer is correct. Forget Planet of the Apes. One of these days, a deer will walk up to me and knock me aside and take over my house. I think the first thing a deer-run society would do is get rid of cars, which is what we should be doing, but aren’t.
Then, they would need to make slaves of humans, since deer don’t have hands, so we could build stuff for them, or maybe tear things down. I would think that from a deer perspective, there are way too many houses, buildings and roads.
Here’s an article from the UK by a person who dines on roadkill. Hopefully he only takes the fresh stuff. I wonder how he can tell how long the things have been deceased? Here is what Jonathon had to say about that:
‘It’s not something everyone can do. I have grown up around nature and know just by looking how an animal has died and how long it has been there.
‘I am careful, obviously, not to eat anything that I don’t think is fresh and if I don’t know how an animal has died I will perform an autopsy on it first.” Alrighty then.
Here is his description of how each animal tastes:
Foxes – ‘There’s a common myth that you cannot eat them but they are most delicious. It is a lean meat and there is never any fat. Young foxes are always very nice and they taste slightly like chicken.’
Mice – ‘They taste weird – there is no other food quite like them. They aren’t particularly nice and have a very bitter flavour. They are of course so small that they are almost worthless.’
Rats – ‘They are most delicious and it is a misconception that they are dirty. They are quite like pork but quite salty. They are delicious and the meat is great on its own. I would not eat city rats but in Dorset they are very good.’
Pigeons – ‘I don’t eat town pigeons but wood pigeons are very nice. They are very large and very irony. It’s best marinated and I love to have it with red wine.’
Moles – ‘They are horrible and have a rancid taste. They have an unpleasant taste in their skin to ward off predators. Wild animals don’t eat them. I’ve only had one once and never again.’
Hedgehogs – ‘When you get in it’s all fatty meat. It’s not nice but okay if you like eating fatty foods.’
Squirrels – ‘They are most delicious. They provide a good firm white meat which is quite similar to rabbit but not as overpowering. Not many animals taste like what they eat but squirrels do have a nutty flavour. It’s fantastic stuff.’
Wild cats – ‘You do get a few wild cats in Dorset as you do in Scotland. They have a very nice flavour but they are very rare.”
Well, so there you go. I guess you should skip the mice and moles. Too bad about moles tasting bad – if we could get a market for the pests, maybe we could cut down on their population.
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Observed squished mammals this past week:
- Opossum – 2
- Birds – 1
- Raccoon – 1
- Squirrel – 2
- Unidentified – 3
So, words of wisdom? A website to save animals from becoming roadkill: www.pleasebekind.com has some excellent suggestions.
“Birds: Many birds cannot rise fast enough to evade an oncoming car unless they fly directly ahead of the car, using the air current it pushes to provide extra lift. If you brake too abruptly for a bird flying straight ahead of you, you may take away the push he needs and send him crashing into your windshield. Lift your foot off the gas and slow down gently, gradually, until the bird rises above your car or peels away to one side.”
I never heard that!
“Cats: Cars kill about 5.4 million cats per year – more, by a million-plus, than are killed in U.S. animal shelters! Most of them are hit at night. Typically cats know cars are dangerous, but confuse the beams from your headlights with the car itself. When the lights go by them, they think it’s safe to dash out. Expect them to make this mistake and you’ll be prepared to react if they do.”
More good information. Go to the website, they have good information on why the animals do what they do, which helps a driver to avoid hitting them. They list behaviors of many more animals: dogs, squirrels, rabbits, opossums, chipmunks, raccoons, turtles, deer (reading this could save your life as well – people are sometimes killed when they hit deer), skunks, snakes, woodchucks, frogs, beavers.
Go to the website. There are too many animals dying from cars hitting them. At the least, it is upsetting to us, the drivers, and at the worst, the animals may suffer a great deal before dying.
When I moved to this town I never imagined that part of the experience of living here would be deer in my own yard! This has positives and negatives, as I learned the first year. Did you know that deer LOVE tulips?
The first spring I didn’t know what was going on. I had planted a whole bunch of tulip bulbs a friend had given me, and they would come up ok, and the next thing I’d notice, the top half of the leaves would be missing. Giant mutant slugs? Neighborhood gangs that roamed about, trimming tulip leaves?
Then I planted a lilac. What I didn’t know was that I was planting it right in the game trail that goes through my yard. After my little lilac got trampled I started noticing the scuffed up beauty bark and I got suspicious who the culprits were. I began to realize that the wildflower seeds I planted on the bank that goes up to my backyard had a trail through it where nothing grew.
I have to add, I would have figured this out a lot sooner, if I’d been home when the munchers came through. But I worked a lot of overtime then, and didn’t see deer very often. So, I think I was assuming they only came through when I saw them, and no, that doesn’t make any sense.
Deer are like the trees. If you love trees, your house will be in the shade and you will get leaves and needles all over your yard and deck and roof. If you love deer and want to have them in your yard, there will be compromises to be made. No tulips.