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Trees & Tracks: Proceed with Caution

Trees & Tracks: Proceed with Caution

Almost every morning and afternoon, a small group white-tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus), including a few babies, come out of the neighboring thicket.  This time of the year deer and other herbivores are beginning to forage and will target acorn producing and seed producing trees.  Adjacent to our Spring Branch, TX office building there are several Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) trees.  The adult deer, presumably the mother, watches the area closely, but allows the young deer to forage freely in the green space.  The deer tend to stick to the shady areas near the large oaks, but on occasion they will come close to the office building and peer into the office.  It is either out of curiosity of the humans inside the office, or they actually see their own reflection in the glass windows.   As deer populations grow, and urban sprawl continues to limit their natural areas, animals like the white-tailed deer are more frequently found in urbanized areas. Although these deer are beautiful and fun to watch, we should respect that they are wild and should be treated with caution.  Additionally, with the volatile hurricane season of 2017, this has an impact on wildlife, especially when extensive and prolonged flooding occurs.  All kinds of wildlife seek higher grounds, suitable habitat or acceptable cover for foraging or nesting.

For more information contact Scott Courtright, Director of Natural Resources