I’ve known since spring that fawns were nearby, but they didn’t come out in droves until recently. I saw three sets of does with their twins while I drove to the grocery store. It’s a five-minute drive.
When I see these little guys, I understand why the higher powers made them so cute. It gives them a better chance of survival. Big eyed, vulnerable and Bambilike prompts compassion and for a short time I can forget about the trouble their herd causes the rest of the year.
It began innocently enough. When I was a kid seeing a deer in town was rare and kind of special. Today, if I don’t see one in town, I wonder if something is wrong. Although the human inhabitants of Grand Forks have become rather accepting of the beasties, deer are becoming more and more demanding. They can be aggressive when they have their young nearby and chase off people and their pets.
Unless the garden fence is over six feet or the gardener is growing plants that deer don’t eat, they’ll consume a garden in a day. Pets can’t be let out without someone checking first. Deer will defend themselves if taken by surprise. It has become ridiculous.
Some townsfolk still don’t understand that feeding the deer is a bad thing. Our local herd runs parallel with bears feeding at a dump. Both are attracted to the high payoff with little effort.
So the fawns are out and it’s this time of year I calm down and smile. They are so cute. Sure they’ll grow up and cause havoc on our little community, but don’t we all.
Time to share your pet peeve. What do you have to say about your local pests?
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