May 14 2013
It used to be that wild animals avoided human contact but that’s not true in Pittsburgh anymore. We have hawks, wild turkeys, foxes and deer in the city. Not every animal can cope with city life but the individuals who can tolerate close human approach are doing quite well in our parks and cemeteries.
Sharon Leadbitter visits Allegheny Cemetery often and frequently saw this doe and fawn last summer. They weren’t tame but they learned that Sharon isn’t dangerous. This was reinforced for the fawn every time it met a human and Mom said “It’s ok.”
Fawns are born in May in Pennsylvania so by now this baby is an adult and it’s mother has a new fawn. I’ll bet this doe will let Sharon meet her new fawn, too.
And there will probably be four deer this year. This doe plus her new fawn, and this fawn (now an adult) plus her fawn. That’s how easy it is to end up with a lot of deer.
(photo by Sharon Leadbitter)