Tragedy in the Spring Snow

Our little herd of nine does had two fawns last year. The coyotes got one last week. This doe is now being very protective.

It’s hard, though. Forage is reduced by overgrazing, the orchards that maintained the deer are now blocked off for miles by fencing, the males are aggressively hunted, and coyotes, which can slip through the net of fences and feast on domestic dogs and cats, grow in numbers every year.

It’s called nature. It’s not. It’s an entirely new planet that follows new rules.

3 thoughts on “Tragedy in the Spring Snow

      • (We have a cat–getting fixed today–who is deadly. Before that for three or four winters, I fed a short-tailed weasel bits of liver in the old shed. He didn’t get the mice in the house but there were mice leaving in abject terror under the chicken coop, the sheds, the wood pile, the greenhouse. Weasels get bad press in my opinion.)

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