Sunday, July 7, 2013

Being conscious that deer forage for plant food

 Pacifica Tribune, Letters to the Editor, 7/2/13, "Leave nature's food alone", by Marie Martin

But I do like your daisies
"Editor:  I just returned from walking my dog, and the side and back area around Park Mall looks so much better since Jean Bartlett's article describing how littered and uncared for it was. So, many thanks to those individuals that made the improvement. Unfortunately, someone was overzealous in the field alongside the back of Park Mall, where wildlife make their home and forage for food. Much of the area was mowed down, including the bushes and flowers that provide food for deer to survive. If we are supposed to let deer find food on their own, then we have to leave nature's food alone.

I will try to see that the appropriate agency responsible for mowing areas will remember to not disturb the natural food source for our wildlife. In the meantime, I hope this will suffice."

RelatedWhat do deer eat?  "Deer are herbivores which means they eat plants, fruits, acorns, and nuts when they are available. In the fall when these things are more scarce they will switch to eating grass and evergreen plants. In the winter they eat whatever food is available such as fallen leaves, twigs, bushes, and other woody plants. Unfortunately these foods are not as nutritionally dense and deer could starve if there is a very long winter in a colder climate."  You Tube,"What do deer like to eat? squash,", 21 seconds.  

Note:  photograph from TGTV/Salt Lake Tribune. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

Deer have been on earth much longer then humans. They eat what they find, that is how they have survived much longer then humans.

Kathy Meeh said...

Deer evolved 50 million years ago, humans evolved 200,000 million year ago, according to more reliable sources than your conjecture, Anonymous 8:50 AM.

FYI, some reference information: 1) How long have humans been on Earth? Universe Today. 2) How long have deer been on Earth? Redirect to origins of deer. Wildlife on line.

Marie Martin reminds us humans to be mindful that wildlife are living entities and need food and consideration too. Thanks Marie!

Anonymous said...

Kathy, I think your article says 200,000 years for humans, not 200,000 million.

Kathy Meeh said...

Anonymous, you're correct (I am wrong) about the animal evolutionary timetable, according to the quick search I made.

Correction: a form of deer appeared about 50,000 million years ago. Humans appeared about 200,000 years ago. For humans, I might have searched for apes, possibly 36 million years ago. Still deer evolution is much older. Ape reference: Thanks for that clarification.