Let Sleeping Fawns Lie

Let awake ones lie, too.  Young fawns are left alone for hours, but the mother will be back.  Check back tomorrow for more photos of this fawn and the return of its mother, all taken yesterday in Bent Tree over the course of about 10 hours.

June 17, 2019 4:45 p.m.  - new fawn in Bent Tree

June 17, 2019 4:45 p.m. – new fawn in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)

 

They made it across the lake.

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While crossing the dam yesterday evening, I glanced over at the geese paddling in the area and noticed something else in the middle of the lake.  Thinking it might be some ducks, I grabbed my camera and zoomed in.  It was a doe and fawn swimming across the lake.  About 10 or 15 minutes earlier, while heading to the spillway, I had seen the doe and fawn running into the woods at the edge of the spillway, white tails raised high.  I guess they were spooked by something, spooked enough to run on into the lake and swim across.  From the time I saw them in the middle of the lake, it took them about 10 minutes to get to the other side, so I’m guessing it took them about 20 minutes total to swim from the spillway to the other side. They crossed a couple of pretty strong currents that I thought were going to sweep the little fawn away or under, but I shouldn’t have worried.  Both the doe and fawn made it safe and sound to the other side.  A couple of the pictures below are without the zoom and give an idea of the location of the deer in the lake (deer are highlighted in yellow in those pictures).  By the way, the geese seemed to be following the action themselves.  Click the thumbnails below to scroll through larger images:

“Whoa, you can shoot too many does.”

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October 18, 2012 - two coyotes in Bent Tree

The title of this post is a direct quote from Dr. Steve Ditchkoff, a leader in whitetail deer research and the head of the Auburn University Deer Lab. It is taken from a recent Georgia Outdoor News article on current concerns regarding the effect coyotes are having on the whitetail deer population in Georgia. Two years ago, some Bent Tree property owners tried to make the point that coyotes were in Bent Tree and were predators of fawns. These property owners were dismissed as ignorant by certain board members / other community members. In Georgia, the deer management philosophy of liberal doe hunting is being challenged by the coyote “predator pit concept”. The fear is that deer populations in some areas are in danger of dipping to a level from which the herd cannot recover (due to low numbers of fawns surviving coyote predation, especially when in conjunction with the high bag limit of does). Click here to read the Georgia Outdoor News article. It is lengthy, but worthwhile to read in its entirety. The photograph above, of two coyotes, was taken yesterday in Bent Tree by a trail camera. To quote Dr. Karl Miller (researcher and UGA professor) in the last line of the GON article, “We’ve got the coyote. And we’re going to have to deal with them.”

  • Click here for a previous post on coyotes and whitetail deer concerns.

It’s a wild, wild life

Today’s post is a recap of several previous posts that contain pictures of the wildlife here in beautiful Bent Tree. Click the following post titles to see the photos:

Welcome to the world

Following are pictures of twin fawns born yesterday at Bent Tree.  The pictures were taken over the course of several hours, from the time the fawns were a few minutes old, until they were clean, dry, fed, and walking.  Nature is amazing.  The sixth picture is my favorite.

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