By Professor Victor Lamoureux, Steward of the Natural Areas
As noted in our last post, white-tailed deer are one of the most common animals captured on the trail cameras. They are certainly beautiful, graceful creatures. In fact, it was watching deer with my grandfather that likely turned me onto biology. However, deer overabundance is leading to many challenges for local ecosystems. Deer are over-browsing many native species, to the point of local extermination for some plants, and this also gives invasive plant species the deer don’t like an even greater competitive advantage over native species. Current deer densities are far exceeding recommended levels and the trail cameras certainly record quite a few deer
Although common and overabundant, it is hard to get over the “cuteness factor” of a white-tailed deer fawn! Check out the dates on each picture and see the fawns grow up in the next four pictures.
You might also ask…”Where are the bucks?” We will dedicate a post to them in the near future.
If you have questions about the Natural Areas, contact Professor Lamoureux at firstname.lastname@example.org
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