by Carl Strang
Last week at Mayslake Forest Preserve I saw deer tracks, representing 3 individuals traveling together.
It seemed to have been a while, but I was surprised when I looked back at the records and found almost a year has passed since I last noted signs of deer on the preserve. It seems a little late for does to be prospecting for a place to raise their young, so I suspect this is a buck group. Now is when doe groups are about to break up so they can give birth and raise their young individually in relatively small portions of their home range. Bucks wander more widely and erratically, as singles or in groups of typically two or three. The wanderings of this Mayslake group took them over most of the preserve’s 90 acres.