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Deer vs. me in a standoff

Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at 1:48 PM

There's nothing like a deer to make you get a move on.

I was running on Griffin Park's walking trail this morning, a little irritated because my first mile run was 10 seconds slower than Tuesday's time, and decided to walk back up the trail, then run full blast back down as far as I could.

If you ever wondered, it takes approximately 17 minutes to walk a mile on that trail. I'm down to around 10:50 running, and not satisfied with that number.

So I'm at the top of the hill on the trail's far end resetting my timer. Then I look up. And, standing between trees and blending in quite well, is a deer, on the other side of a wire fence, maybe 20 yards or so away.

The deer -- antlerless, so I suppose it was a doe or young buck -- just stood there, staring.

Staring. Staring. Not moving. Still staring.

So I stood my ground and stared back -- briefly.

And wondered Why isn't this deer running away?

Does it have young deer nearby and consider me a threat? Is it going to leap the fence and attack me? Do deer attack people? If I run, is the deer going to chase me?

I'm used to seeing deer when driving, and they usually run if they haven't hit or been hit by my car. T-G colleague Brian Mosely and I apparently drive deer magnets disguised as vehicles, because we've struck more than our share of deer over the past few years. Those that survived the impacts ran.

The deer and I kept staring. Should I say something? Forget it. The deer doesn't speak English. Should I yell? What if it gets angry? Can I fight off a deer? Does it want me to feed or pet it?

I decided if I just eased away quietly it probably wouldn't do anything. So I eased away for about a split-second or so. Then I took off like a bullet, with occasional looks behind and beside to see if I was being chased. The deer didn't follow.

At least I got a good workout. Thanks, deer, wherever you are.

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Maybe he was giving you a taste of how it feels to them to be hunted and ran after. lol

-- Posted by heaven8kids7grandrebelrose on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 3:53 PM

Man, you got seriously lucky....


-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 4:13 PM

I came home this afternoon & pushed the button to open the garage door. As I unlocked the car door & took off my seat belt, I pushed the remote to open the car trunk. As I was walking to the back of the car, I noticed 4 deer behind the house in the edge of the trees. They were quietly watching me. I unloaded the trunk of the car. Several bags contained tins, which created a great deal of noise as I moved them around & found a spot for them in the garage. I took the last bags out of the trunk & closed it. Then I turned to go into the house. However, I didn't go inside. I went back to check on the deer, and they were gone.

Now I would have figured the sound of the car, the noise of the garage door opening, or the loud clattering of the tins would have scared the deer away. My husband said that regardless of the noise, as long as they could see me, they were OK. Once I went out of their sight, they ran.

Deer are strange but beautiful creatures.

Not only do you need deer whistles on your car, you need them as antlers.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Wed, Dec 10, 2008, at 11:16 PM

I had a similar incident...I noticed the deer about 6 feet off the path...about 5 of them. I just kept my eyes forward and ran on by without incident.

-- Posted by Chad O on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 12:52 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.