Wednesday, March 11, 2009

black-tailed deer
Odocoileus hemionus columbianus

This pic of a pregnant deer was taken from our balcony. I actually don't know the local species of deer that inhabits the local cities, so I'm making a wild guess here. I know they're the gardener's enemy of anyone who desires to have a decent garden in the area. Great lengths, such as temporary high, black, mesh fencing or that liquid fence made from egg-whites, are applied every year. Some people simply follow trial and error and see which plants the deer don't seem to want to eat. Sadly, our deer in town tend to look very undernourished. It makes me laugh a little to see tourists in their big SUVs in our driveway trying to take pics of the deer.

ps 10/28/10 - After much research and asking around, we have the Columbian black-tailed deer here, which is a subspecies of Odocoileus hemionus, aka mule deer, and looks very different than the standard mule deer.