By Rhonda Massingham Hart, Jim Wilson
Facing deer is a problem for lots of gardeners and owners, yet in Deerproofing Your backyard & Garden, grasp gardener Rhonda Massingham Hart tells owners precisely what they should recognize: which advertisement repellents are so much (and least) potent, the way to make selfmade deterrents, and the way to create a panorama designed to repel deer. This booklet is your most sensible safety opposed to undesirable deer.
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A deer’s best defense against predators is to run and jump. It has been said that a deer doesn’t have to outrun the predator, just the other deer. When a deer’s internal alarm goes off, its long legs — powered by strong muscles built for quick bursts of speed — and its sturdy, cloven hooves — designed to ensure traction in a wide range of footings — launch the deer away from danger. Deer can sprint as fast as 35 miles per hour and jump nine feet high. ) They can also clear a span 20 feet across in the blink of an eye.
The most common subspecies, the Rocky Mountain mule deer (O. h. hemionus), has a darker coat than the more typical medium brown. The desert mule deer (O. h. crooki) is another notable exception; its coat is a much paler shade of grayish tan, allowing it to blend into the surrounding desert. Commonly called a muley, the mule deer gets its name from its huge ears. Big ears are a boon in areas where cover is scarce and predators may stalk from great distances. The ears also help to dissipate heat.
The average territory of a whitetail is about one square mile, or around 700 acres. Territories may overlap, until the “rut” (breeding season), when bucks get serious about defending their area from interlopers. When not in rut, a buck may share or overlap his territory with other bucks; does tend to live in or near extended families of their own female fawns. Whitetail bucks and does live separately most of the year. Deer territorial habits vary according to species. Whitetails are known for maintaining the same established territories for generations, even when the natural environment can no longer support their numbers and the sensible thing to do would be to move on.
Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden by Rhonda Massingham Hart, Jim Wilson