Absurdities #9

By Eilene Lyon

The other day I dropped by the local college campus to review a book in their research library. As I headed back to my car, I encountered a mule deer buck in velvet, blithely using a rear hoof to scratch his ear, like a dog, as he idly chewed some leaves he’d snatched from the small tree he stood under. The campus – and the town – is rife with resident deer.

We just returned from a camping trip in the San Juan Mountains where our site had an infestation of dozens, if not hundreds, of cattle. Not to mention the attendant cowpies and flies. Their near-constant “Moo”s echoed belligerently off the surrounding hills and the bulls bellowed in rut. (They sound nothing like bugling elk.)

Cows in the forest, deer on our front lawns. Something seems very wrong with this picture.

Feature image: Sterling in camp with a few of the many cows that surrounded us the entire stay.

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Mule deer in our yard, which admittedly has a lot of trees and no lawn. However, our rural neighborhood deer are inured to people and pets and are almost as much trouble as the in-town bunch.

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  1. Sterling looks very comfortable with the cows. We have deer in our town. I saw a spotted fawn in the cemetery and there’s a house across from one of the elementary schools where the deer look like statues. They are often laying on the lawn.

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  2. You live in an interesting place!
    Last fall someone told us a bear was spotted on the golf course (about a block from our house), but we never saw him. That’s a visitor I’d rather not deal with!

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    1. We had a pair of young bears hanging around here for a while earlier this summer, but I think they skedaddled. A doe has been hanging around the house lately. Or maybe a series of them. I should make them start wearing name tags!

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  3. Is it unusual to have them there? I’m glad to say we haven’t any deer here. They’re lovely animals but seem to eat every flower in sight… so not great to have near a garden (yard). Cows – plenty as our garden backs onto open fields and pastures and the farmer alternates cows with sheep, sometimes both together. We had the misfortune one day of several cows wandering down our front driveway and into our garden where they proceeded to knock over plants and munch whatever they fancied. One of our then-neighbours came over and helped her – I think son – herd them out for us. That was surprising as she was a tiny woman in her 90s who’d been a headmaster’s wife. I often wonder what she used to herd before!

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    1. I guess she must have herded some unruly school kids! I’ve been here 35 years, but I think wildlife in town has substantially increased over the years. I would really not want a cow in my yard. The deer can eat a lot of flowers, though. One year they ate all my columbines overnight.


    1. Exactly! Just like they own the place. Humph. Camping with the cows was really not ideal. I’ve seen hikers going along a trail, notice something big and black skulking in the shrubbery and scare themselves silly thinking it’s a bear! Ha!

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