When Wildlife Isn’t So Wild

Perception has a lot to do with experience. When we moved into our home on the west side of Colorado Springs 13 years ago, the mule deer so prevalent in the neighborhood fascinated us. Growing up on a farm in Missouri it was rare to see deer out in the open, especially in numbers. It did not take long to notice their familiarity with humans, pets, traffic, is quite different from their white-tailed cousins.

That close quarter relationship certainly has two sides, depending on which neighbor you talk to about it. There can be quite a difference in the perspective of a farm girl like me appreciating beautiful, serene animals, which also provide meat during hunting season, and the view of my good friend, a city girl, who marvels at them like zoo animals, unable to imagine ever eating one no matter how annoying they become.

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  1. #1 by oldereyes on November 14, 2010 - 10:52 PM

    I have a similar reaction to Canada Geese, which have begun to appear in Southern california year round. People who live in areas where they are numerous hate them as dirty birds who foul the sidewalks and fairways … and support government extermination programs. I think they are amazing creatures and can’t imagine killing them. perhaps quantity is the key here.

  2. #2 by Judy on November 15, 2010 - 6:15 AM

    When we lived in So. California I remember the novelty of the seagulls that quickly faded as we had to defend our snacks every time we went to the beach–they are some bold creatures!

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