Just when you think you’ve seen it all…
White-tailed deer are, continent-wide, the most commonly hunted species of big game. They’re equally fascinating to non-hunters, who love to watch them in fields and back yards.
All told, they probably account for more magazine covers, more calendar photos, more coffee mugs, hats, T-shirts and anything else you can put an image on than any other critter that walks, flies or swims.
To say they’re popular, and correspondingly well studied, would be an understatement.
And yet, sometimes we can still learn something new about them.
These are two cases.
In one, a Pennsylvania man earlier this month got some pictures of a doe with not one, not two, not even three fawns, but six!
A member of the Quality Deer Management Association, he went looking for answers to see if they could possibly all be hers. You can find one biologist’s answer by clicking here.
In the other, a Pennsylvania research team was presented with a photo of a pot-bellied deer. The poor doe’s stomach was dragging on the ground, and obviously had been for a while.
You can see the original story here.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife veterinarian took a look at the photos, and offered some possible explanations and a prognosis for the deer’s future. It’s not good.
You can see that here.
A pot-bellied deer. Image courtesy of The Deer-Forest Blog.