Are the deer trapped?

It appears as if at least three deer, two mature does and one immature deer are living on the Kimber Park open space, now behind a 6 foot high cyclone fence. These look to be the same deer that regularly came out at twilight when the club was open. It is also very probable that the immature deer is the one photographed earlier this year in July being nursed by its mother.

Here’s the fawn and it’s mother from July 20th of 2011.

Kimber Park native

Fawn feeds from its mother on the Kimber Park Open Space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s some video of the deer taken the night a stroller first spotted them:

The question was, were they somehow coming and going from the property or were they staying behind the fence? I’ve been looking for deer tracks at likely places in the soil outside of the fence but never found any. Working off a hunch, I went over very early in the morning of November 28th, 2011. Here’s what I saw:

Brush pile

Brush pile on the Kimber Park Open Space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, I couldn’t resist, but you have to look very closely. Here’s a closeup of the same picture:

 

Hidden Deer

A deer is hidden in the brush pile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you look closely you can see the deer creeping out of the heavy brush pile behind the trees on the old pond bed. They then came up the slope and were wary enough to focus on the click of my camera’s shutter, as shown here.

 

Mule deer react to the sound of the camera shutter

Three wild mule deer on the Kimber Park Open Space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blur in the foreground is the top of the cyclone fence. This is the same fence that is shown in the Turkey post.

Apparently wildlife control says everything is fine. They report that the deer can escape. I am personally very concerned. While the adults may survive a jump over the fence, I hope they choose wisely and don’t injure themselves on the many hazards possible from such an attempt. I am also doubtful that the juvenile can jump the fence while still immature. Wildlife control says it could find one of the gaps and be able to crawl underneath the fence if the adults flee.

For the time being we can enjoy them at our leisure, as they seem to be staying. Hopefully the winter rains and plentiful morning dew will give them enough water.

Help us keep an eye on the deer and make sure that they are doing well.

This entry was posted in Nature and tagged by moderator. Bookmark the permalink.

About moderator

A Kimber Park resident and nature lover dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Kimber Park open space and neighborhood recreational facility. A hyper-aggressive developer has cyclone fenced a 60-year old Redwood forest and natural area and now holds it hostage in the center of a planned community, even though the property is zoned open space. After surrounding the community's open space with a cyclone fence, they are now trying to negotiate how many homes to build. Hard to believe but true. See also savekimberpark.com for more information.

3 thoughts on “Are the deer trapped?

  1. Awesome pictures. The deer in the brush pile is amazing, you would never know its there without really close examination.

  2. I noticed that the deer are still on the property. They were feeding in the grassy area along the back at 5pm on December 4, 2011.

    This is after the cyclone fence was moved back 10′ along South Las Palmas. 😦

    • I just wanted to report that on Sunday at around 11:30am I saw the juvenile deer alone, feeding, on the property behind the cyclone fence along South Las Palmas Blvd. This is the first time I’ve seen them when they weren’t in a group.

      Please reply if you see the adult deer on the property again.

Leave a Reply. All Comments are moderated, so there will be a delay before it shows up.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s