Deer Make Camp

by Carl Strang

In May I mentioned white-tailed deer tracks that were the first signs of that species on the Mayslake Forest Preserve in about a year. Deer have been present consistently since then, though the numbers have dropped to two. I got a glimpse of them last week. As expected from the timing and clues in the footprints, they were bucks, a big older individual already with significant antlers, and a yearling with buttons at best. On Friday I ran across a bed.

This was a well-placed resting spot, away from people and close to both food and a wooded travel corridor.

They may or may not stay for the summer. Bucks wander more than does, though sometimes not so much in summer when food is easy to find.

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