Oh Deer!

Oh Deer!

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We’re back! Your camp directors took a few days off for a long weekend! We also wanted to let you know the schedule for the next month! We’re having one more week of camp next week, then we’ll be celebrating the Ellie and Edmond animal Olympics. Then we will be taking a little time off to get ready for a whole new school year at the university! Woohoo!

First up today though, we are going to meet a resident of Salamander Woods, one you may be very familiar with- the whitetail deer!

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  • They are found from Southern Canada to South America, in suburbs, woodlands and forests.
  • They are herbivores. They eat grasses and other vegetation.
  • They can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 300 lbs.
  • They are listed as least concern by the IUCN.
  • Whitetail deer are very recognized. They can often be seen near cities even.
  • They get their name from the underside of their tail, which is white. They flick that tail up to warn other deer of danger.

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  • Whitetail deer are mostly nocturnal or crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk).
  • Male whitetail deer have antlers. They shed those antlers every year in late fall.
  • Whitetail deer are often shy.
  • Female whitetail deer and their offspring (fawns) live in groups. Males are more solitary.
  • They have a good eyesight and hearing. Their strongest sense is smell. They smell for predators and the scent markings of other deer.

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It’s always fun to say hello to the deer when they come up to camp. They always nibble on the flowers- who can blame them Edmond & I think the flowers are tasty too!

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