I was reading the online New York Times the other day, and imagine my surprise when I came across an opinion piece entitled, "Why Bambi Must Go."
I was shocked! Who could be anti-Bambi!?!?
Well, what the article says is that we are doing such a good job "conserving" the deer - going so far as to clear meadows for them in the forest and plant food that they like - that their numbers have increased to the point where they are ruining the forest as a habitat for some kinds of birds!
The article also says that this conservation was done in large part so that there would be a lot of deer for hunters, and there are fewer hunters in the newer generation. It points out that we have also eliminated the deer's natural predators.
I guess all this makes sense to me, because nature is all about balance and equilibrium. I went out to find deer tracks for this post. I found these within about ten minutes...
Guess what I found EVERYWHERE while looking for deer tracks? STRAWBERRIES!! I ate some, so that I could keep up my strength for deer tracking. Clearly, I was born several generations too late.
I prepared this post for Nature Notes over at RamblingWoods.com. Go check it out!