Archive for June 27th, 2008

Mean Mother

Friday, June 27th, 2008

I came across this report (736 KB PDF) about white-tailed deer winter mortality in Saskatchewan’s forested wildlife management zones, and the resulting reduction in hunting opportunities to expect this coming hunting season.

It reminded me of the walk we took through our land this spring. We saw three deer carcasses, at least the parts left by the coyotes, within 50 metres of each other. The deer population has been higher than the long-term average for many years, but this winter saw above-average snow levels combined with a late spring thaw.

Starvation isn’t a pretty thing. Sometimes Mother Nature is downright mean and nasty.