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PunkMaister 04-11-2010 05:07 AM

In Harmony With Nature. (For Those That Say That We Cannot Co-exist With Wildlife)
 
This is from an Email I received from my mom and it such a cool story and such a great message that I decided to post it here and share it with everyone.

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Looks like paradise!


Please read the 3 explanatory paragraphs, and then look at the amazing pictures!

Eva in the pyramid
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...thnature01.jpg

Our house was built in the deer's natural habitat in a remote rural area. Well worn deer trails cut through the property's abundant pine and sage. The oldest deer we've met (we call her Mama Rose) walked right up to us when we first arrived, sniffing and looking us over. We live in the middle of their foraging route, and so it seems okay to sometimes give them a few organic almonds out of our hands. That's what we had on us when we first met Mama Rose , and the habit's stuck. Rose and her kin obviously think the yard belongs to them as much as anyone else, and they are just taking advantage of the wealth of natural foods growing everywhere. They especially like clover flowers, but it's amazing to see the variety of tasty flowers, leaves, twigs, nuts and berries they'll eat. They stay away from herbs and herbal flowers, but on occasion we've seen young deer eating the sweet medicinal berries of the Juniper tree.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...thnature02.jpg
Food is of course a major concern, but we also think they visit because they like our company. Often we see deer we don't know nibbling in the yard, but nearly every day some or many of Rose's extended family come by. All of the deer are likely to lay down on the grass and hang out, whether we know them well or not. Many of them know us personally, and while often running into the yard to greet us with their quiet enthusiasm, they will also swiftly shy away from strangers.
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Although notoriously skittish, able to leap meters in the air in an instant when startled, a few deer we know, most notably Eva and her kids, will let us touch them as if we were family, letting us scratch them or pick something out of their fur. Eva even enjoys a hearty back rub! We've certainly learned a lot about how to act around them so as not to disturb them. We think they appreciate our efforts in fitting into their neighborhood.
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Marlins in the back yard with nine deer from Mama Rose's family
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Mama Rose, the matriarch, she taught us the way of the deer,
in winter 2005 she disappeared, passing her throne onto Lisa
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...thnature06.jpg
two women sharing a secret
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...thnature07.jpg
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PunkMaister 04-11-2010 05:09 AM

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Rasa with Eva and her kids
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...thnature13.jpg
she doesn't care about the legs or the plastic rat -
after the photographer leaves
she'll eat one of those pumpkins by the tree
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...thnature16.jpg
Lisa ringing the front door bell with her nose
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...thnature17.jpg
Could be any afternoon

Thank you for reading, feel free to pass this along.
Who says humanity and Nature cannot coexist? :oh: :P: :oh:

PS: Because of board limitations the whole thing had to be split...

Stanley_9875 04-11-2010 05:55 AM

Those are cool! Remind me of my grandparents house in Oregon :) we don't get that close to them, they run away haha but those are great pictures!

Iluvrien 04-11-2010 11:48 AM

I am not sure that anyone has really said that it is impossible to live with the natural world on your doorstep (although in the case of Wolves, Bears and the bigger cats I would prefer to have a healthy distance between us). Another example of deer in this situation that I have encountered was when I was recently in Nara, Japan where the deer roam free through the city and are actually a local landmark. My family also almost moved into a little property a mile into a local forest back when I was about 12, there was no garden to speak of because the deer just wandered through it, ate everything, and then moved on.

Personally, I would not say that we cannot coexist with wildlife, more that it is possible that we should not due to the impact of our lifestyle on theirs.

Human No More 04-11-2010 01:05 PM

That's amazing :)

PunkMaister 04-11-2010 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Iluvrien (Post 17070)
I am not sure that anyone has really said that it is impossible to live with the natural world on your doorstep (although in the case of Wolves, Bears and the bigger cats I would prefer to have a healthy distance between us). Another example of deer in this situation that I have encountered was when I was recently in Nara, Japan where the deer roam free through the city and are actually a local landmark. My family also almost moved into a little property a mile into a local forest back when I was about 12, there was no garden to speak of because the deer just wandered through it, ate everything, and then moved on.

Personally, I would not say that we cannot coexist with wildlife, more that it is possible that we should not due to the impact of our lifestyle on theirs.

Well in case you did not noticed this people still have a garden to speak off so they do have some sort of relationship with the deer in their area. And I disagree with you there, if nature and mankind are to coexist we need to find a way to do so without removing ourselves entirely from it as you suggest. Besides the impact those people in the photos have had on the deer is obviously negligible at best.

Iluvrien 04-11-2010 09:44 PM

Oh I did notice. I also noticed that the article mentions many of their plants serving as food for the deer as ours almost did.

And as for the impact of our lifestyle on theirs. I would challenge the point, how do you know what the life of the deer would have been like if those people weren't there? Before you can say the impact is negligible you need a frame of reference for comparison.

As in the examples I already put in my post, there are examples of deer and humans coexisting. My suggestion about the possibility of keeping our distance (rather than "removing ourselves entirely from it" which I did not suggest in my post) was based on the inclusion of the other species such as "Wolves, Bears and the bigger cats", you know, the ones I actually referred to residing some distance away from.

I will apologise for not having the requisite level of clarity for my point. The point itself stands.


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