Mother & Twins


This is our favorite trio of black-tailed deer for this year. They visit often (calf manna, anyone?), knowing a good thing when they see it. We call the doe Raggedy, for her right ear, while the twins, a male and female, are Nubs and Sissie. Like most of the wildlife here, they live short lives. We’re grateful they’ve spent part of it with us.

7 thoughts on “Mother & Twins”

    1. Thank you; deer generally live to about five or six years (this is a recollection from prior readings), and our own empirical “evidence” after 30 years among them is, less than that. Diseases are likely the main reason—apparently healthy animals die for “no visible reason.” I’ve seen that, unfortunately. All part of Nature, though. In our area, predators aren’t responsible for too many deaths; that varies around the state of Oregon, of course. Cars take a toll, some years more than others.

    1. You might also read my reply to seeker, but generally a deer’s life runs to about six years, at the long end. You mentioned hunting, predators, and cars, and those all take a toll. I suspect cars top the list, although after living in the woods for 30 years it seems diseases take the largest toll, at least on my small patch. Mostly does and fawns; I’ve never found a dead buck on our land.

      1. Thanks for the info. I don’t know very little about Deer but am surprised that disease is such a killer in your environment. I’d expect that when animals are in captivity but not so much in the wild.

      2. I think it’s the other way round—captive animals may have the “benefit” of veterinarians, and a steady food source, while the deer and other critters that roam the woods have to forage for food, and are open to any diseases (distemper, for instance) or parasites that are going around, with little or no chance of treatment. Of course, they’re not caged, either.

      3. I had no idea distemper was an issue for animals in the wild. Guess I was naive to think they’d thrive in that wonderful environment!

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