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I almost hit a Deer last night. How are they surviving this drought?
July, 3, 2014 | lee martell

Posted on 07/03/2014 4:32:07 PM PDT by lee martell

I was heading home after visiting friends in Emmeryville, a small industrial town near the Oakland/ Berkeley borders. It was a little after 11pm when I made a left turn off the freeway, onto my neighborhood block. The night fog had begun to gather, floating slightly above the cooling earth. I was approaching the first traffic stop at a four way intersection when I saw something spring up near the passenger side of my car. What I first thought was a very large Great Dane turned out to be a mature adult deer. Although I should have known no one would allow their purebred Great Dane walk around unleashed at night (they're worth too much money) it would not have been out of the question. I often see unusual dog breeds around here. I see Borzois, Whippets and a set of Dalmatians who are walked every morning before seven.

So this Deer reared up and jumped back onto the sidewalk on my left. I had a Green Light, but I decided to just stop and let him go across. This Deer must be domesticated just enough to know that these two ton driving machines with humans often stops for a little while, so it seemed ready to proceed. Before the Deer crossed in front of my car, I could see he was not alone, behind him was a Doe, and behind her was a small Fawn with knobby knees. The Fawn looked to have been whelped a few months back. There was still the downy fringe remnants of baby fur on it's legs and back. Funny how they almost always travel in threes. So after all three took a look at each other, the male was brave enough to lead them across the street to safety. Their hooves clip-clopped against the cemented sidewalks on this quiet night. Four seconds later, all three had disappeared into some brush I never before noticed.

It would have bothered greatly me if I had hit the Deer. Nobody around here wants that. Even though we know the Deer are not in danger of extinction. Still, they were among the first residents, with us coming much later. Well, the only exception may be the slowly growing numbers of street people who go down to the Civic Center Pond and catch some Canadian Geese for their supper. Praise God, I have not been that desperate so far.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weather
KEYWORDS: california; water; wildlife
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1 posted on 07/03/2014 4:32:07 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell
Geesh...........what a post.

I'll let others chime in...

2 posted on 07/03/2014 4:35:45 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: lee martell
So where are you that you have drought and deer?

Strong ungulates do ok during 'drought', since they can find water, and get a lot from the forage they eat. They are plains creatures in Africa.

/johnny

3 posted on 07/03/2014 4:35:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lee martell

What drought? Colorado is so wet we have mushrooms!


4 posted on 07/03/2014 4:36:42 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: CodeToad
Don't eat them. You could grow up to be a programmer, or something else just as horrible.

/johnny

5 posted on 07/03/2014 4:37:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lee martell

Causing cars to crash then drinking from the radiator. It’s getting crazy out there.


6 posted on 07/03/2014 4:39:05 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: lee martell

They have been using low flow toilets and using other measures to prepare for this.


7 posted on 07/03/2014 4:39:24 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: lee martell
Emeryville was once the home of Trader Vic's.

I entertained a few customers at this restaurant...

8 posted on 07/03/2014 4:39:24 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: lee martell

They are surviving on private property where they can get water and green stuff.


9 posted on 07/03/2014 4:39:25 PM PDT by tiki
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To: lee martell

We’ve got tons of deer around here in SE Pa..

They ignore you if you don’t have two legs. If you are on a horse, no problem. If you are in a car, no problem. If you stop your car and put one leg out the door, no problem. If you stick your other leg out the car, problem.

They are really dumb.


10 posted on 07/03/2014 4:41:13 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: lee martell

I have seen small deer in town here. Grazing in backyards, especially of empty houses. I saw 2 run up the street one morning.


11 posted on 07/03/2014 4:41:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You probably wouldn’t recognize Emeryville today. It has gotten VERY upscale since Pixar moved in.....sigh


12 posted on 07/03/2014 4:42:34 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: lee martell

You blew it! California lets you keep your roadkill and a buck would’ve made for some tasty venison!

(sarc)

Seriously, good on you for taking the time to protect three of God’s creatures who are managing to make a living in that leftwing cesspool called ‘the Bay Area’.


13 posted on 07/03/2014 4:42:50 PM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: lee martell
I almost hit a Deer last night.

A deer?

Or a Deere?

14 posted on 07/03/2014 4:42:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’m in Marin County, near a city called Novato, which is a ‘hoot and a holler’ from San Francisco. Gov. Brown keeps chastising us for wasting water


15 posted on 07/03/2014 4:45:29 PM PDT by lee martell
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16 posted on 07/03/2014 4:46:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: lee martell
Okay well...heck....You saw this domesticated deer on your passenger side...then it appeared on your left?? Wow..!! How did that happen?

And you know..the first deer was a buck?? How?

This time of year...probably little antler growth. But you tell me.

Deer are one of the leading causes of accidents with cars......They aren't predictable. I've hit a couple....One certainly lived...was but a love tap. The other I'm not sure...They are tougher than we give them credit.

17 posted on 07/03/2014 4:47:26 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Causing cars to crash then drinking from the radiator the blood of the crash victims. It’s getting crazy out there.

There. Fixed it! (you can thank me later)

18 posted on 07/03/2014 4:47:38 PM PDT by bayliving (Democrat. The word ascribed to those who are intellectually dishonest with themselves.)
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To: lee martell

Deer are everywhere, and will feed not only in wild areas, but in yards, gardens and farms. There will be some die-off during a drought, but it might not be easily apparent to you.


19 posted on 07/03/2014 4:48:15 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lee martell

You should have hit the bastard, tied him to your car roof, take to a local processor to turn into delicious venison.


20 posted on 07/03/2014 4:48:26 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: smokingfrog

Everybody into the pool! This Deer has no fear.


21 posted on 07/03/2014 4:48:36 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: CodeToad

Every time I’m either coming to or leaving work at Coors, I have a close call with deer. I just drive slower. Never a problem.


22 posted on 07/03/2014 4:53:12 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: Osage Orange

Great Dane, I like it. A number of years ago I was on an early morning bike ride in the Milwaukee, WI area when I was surprised to see a pack of about six “Great Danes” that, on a second look, turned out to be deer. Common mistake.


23 posted on 07/03/2014 4:55:28 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: lee martell

Succulent plants can provide a substantial portion of their water needs. A nursing doe needs about 3 quarts a day which is about double their normal daily intake. In the burbs there are many pools and fountains but their dietary intake can provide most of their hydration.

If not, venison jerky is delicious.


24 posted on 07/03/2014 4:58:24 PM PDT by outofsalt
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To: libstripper

Of course it is....!!


25 posted on 07/03/2014 5:01:51 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: GeronL

Around here (NE Ohio), the fawns were really small this year and very weak when first born. It was probably because of the harsh winter.


26 posted on 07/03/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT by grania
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To: Osage Orange

My ‘editor’ went on holiday break early. What to do?


27 posted on 07/03/2014 5:06:12 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: libstripper

I saw a deer around here by the Jersey Bayshore one morning, very early. I thought it was a huge dog at first too.


28 posted on 07/03/2014 5:08:17 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: lee martell

I have a smallish (20-25) deer herd in my neighborhood. Which backs onto a nice-sized run/creek, so water isn’t an issue.

Fawns (there were six last year) usually show up in early to mid June, however. Haven’t seen any yet, and have been wondering what’s going on.


29 posted on 07/03/2014 5:12:10 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Born to Conserve
"They are really dumb"

You never see the smart ones...

30 posted on 07/03/2014 5:18:18 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

The drought. I want to know how it’s surviving CLIMATE CHANGE. I hope this lady doesn’t quit her day job, if she has one.


31 posted on 07/03/2014 5:22:12 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You should have hit the bastard, tied him to your car roof, take to a local processor to turn into delicious venison.


And you could fix the damage to the car later.


32 posted on 07/03/2014 5:23:15 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: lee martell

Hi.

Methinks there are more deer in FL than illegal aliens. Maybe there should be an open season on...

5.56mm


33 posted on 07/03/2014 5:23:40 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I see the smart ones all the time. At 2:30 AM. On trail cams. With at least 12 points.

;-)


34 posted on 07/03/2014 5:27:21 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please Support Free Republic.)
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To: lee martell
It would have bothered greatly me if I had hit the Deer

Of course it would have, do you know how much damage it would have caused to your car had you hit one at speed??????

As a side note, I know more people here in Michigan who have hit deer with their vehicles than those who have not...........

35 posted on 07/03/2014 5:27:53 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Larry Lucido
Or a Deere?

Oh my, don't tell me it was John!

36 posted on 07/03/2014 5:30:17 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: lee martell
It would have bothered me greatly if I would have hit the Deer(e)

More than you might know.

37 posted on 07/03/2014 5:30:32 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: M Kehoe

What you just said, made me think of something very controversial. What if there was a licensed, sit down, table cloth restaurant open to the public, that served venison? The protesters alone would give them more free publicity than they could ever ask for. If they were media savy and brave enough, it could possibly work. But they might need to hire a couple of tough looking Rent-a-Cops to stay on the premises, plus be sure to have a couple of non-partisan lawyers on speed dial. Mc Donalds would probably hire protestors just to give them a hard time.


38 posted on 07/03/2014 5:30:50 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Osage Orange

Except it wouldn’t be with the Dane who owns me. He’s a 110 lb. Mantled Dane. That means he’s mostly black with a white chest, white feet, white snoot, and long, soft, floppy black ears. All in all it makes him look a bit like an oversized Beagle. He’s one of the sweetest, most loving dogs who’s ever owned me. Danes are great.


39 posted on 07/03/2014 5:31:41 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I entertained a few customers at this restaurant...

Care to share some of the jokes you told or was it via karoke?

40 posted on 07/03/2014 5:32:14 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Roger that!!!


41 posted on 07/03/2014 5:32:30 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Fightin Whitey

What is that Green Machine? It’s monsterous!


42 posted on 07/03/2014 5:35:31 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

LOL That’s great!


43 posted on 07/03/2014 5:43:20 PM PDT by MCF (If my home can't be my Castle, then it will be my Alamo.)
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To: lee martell

Geez, it took me longer to read your vanity post than what you had actually experienced. No further comments.


44 posted on 07/03/2014 5:50:11 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: lee martell

it is a john deere harvester with a 12 row corn head probably close to half million $ has multiple other heads to harvest grains. wheat. oats soy beans


45 posted on 07/03/2014 5:56:23 PM PDT by mt tom
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To: lee martell
Fair enough.............

I'll give ya some slack!

Ha!!

46 posted on 07/03/2014 6:06:42 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: libstripper
No problems with "danes".....I like dogs. Have two myself.

No worries........Just not sure I'd ever mistake a deer for a dane..............

47 posted on 07/03/2014 6:08:34 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: lee martell
I almost hit a pronghorn yesterday. They could be dumber than deer.

Then this morning I thought I hit a horned lark, but I think I just missed it.

It's been a crapshoot this week for me and the animals.

48 posted on 07/03/2014 6:12:04 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: lee martell

Joe Deer (language warning.....this is fake but hilarious)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty6JPyr2XZ0


49 posted on 07/03/2014 6:28:05 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: lee martell

Might have been a zombie deer.....


50 posted on 07/03/2014 6:38:35 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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