Ridges are great for dogs except for the sticker bushes. I love to run on the ridges and high banks and sometimes I even sleep on them. The other day I saw eight deer that looked like they were waving white hankies at us as our boat looked for a place to drop anchor! I realized that I was looking at their “rear ends” too late. Poof, they were gone! CC told me that these were white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and I can sure see where they got their name. We counted six does and two fawns. The two fawns were actually yearlings. No spots.
As they bounded away we saw splashes of water and the chocolate brown organic marsh mud fly. Our deer, like most that live in swamps, marsh, or hardwood bottomland forest have hooves that spread out more than dry land deer. It is kind of like a snowshoe, a type of adaptation for this wet environment. There are a lot more deer along the bature of the Mississippi river. I know that, so seeing one out in this mostly wet habitat is a little rarer, but adaptive mammals survive here and the ridges and spoil banks give them some dry ground.
Deer have a great sense of smell so getting a glimpse of one is a high point in a day of exploring! They eat twigs, grasses, fungi, and acorns and are excellent swimmers. Like me! Males, called a buck, grow antlers and get to be much larger than the female, called a doe. People hunt deer for their tasty meat. Deer are abundant and natural predators such as cougars, and wolves are gone or scarce. So I guess hunting them is not awful because overpopulation would occur without it. Just don’t tell any deer that I said that because I absolutely love this marvelous mammal!
From the marsh M.U.T.T…… ANNIE
PS: I have a pretty little white triangle on my chest similar to a deer’s tail!