CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2005 |
On the balmy last day of fall, three white-rumped mule deer skittered around a rocky mountainside, then ranged free across the upper reaches of Santa Rosa Island. Not far away on a brushy slope, two tiny foxes with reddish-brown chests lounged side by side like housedogs, passing their afternoon inside a large chain-link cage. These inhabitants of Channel Islands National Park have vastly different origins.
December 23, 2005
GO TO THE INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE of your choice. Type in "aggressive deer," oxymoronic though it sounds. Prepare to be amazed. Those soft-eyed creatures, who seemingly could do no greater harm than eating tulips, who look so sweet and startled as they graze by the roadside in family groups, are a scary bunch of mammals. This fall, five Californians were gored at their homes by deer. One, an elderly man in a suburb of San Diego, died. Helena, Mont.
October 25, 2005 |
FINDING deer in our local mountains can be a tricky proposition -- even if you aren't hunting them in D-11 -- and spotting them from afar is an enticing reminder that a certain wildness coexists beside a sprawling metropolis. Mule deer -- so named because of their big floppy ears -- use local mountains for forage but don't move in large numbers -- due mostly to compromised habitat -- and they are elusive by nature.
October 4, 2005 |
[ ODOCOILEUS HEMIONUS ] Many Californians know autumn as the season when deer begin their courtship. By early October, the large bucks have sharpened their impressive racks of antlers and are dueling among themselves or guarding chosen females in preparation for mating.
May 17, 2005 |
Mike Dobel is worried. A biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Dobel charts mule deer populations in California and Nevada, and he doesn't like what he sees. Development running along the backside of the Sierra Nevada, a 300-mile section of U.S. 395 running between Bishop and Susanville, appears to have compromised the deer's habitat and may threaten the future of the herd. The problem is especially acute in and around Reno, where about 13,000 deer live.
October 19, 2004 |
FOR A WORLD RECORD, THE ANTLERS UNDERWHELM: You expect more, somehow, than 43 points sprouting like witch's fingers from a clump of skull mounted on a tiny metal slab. It is a fine rack, the color of caramel-streaked dark chocolate, yet it hardly seems worthy of a custody battle that began decades ago in Canada and ends here on the cold, green floor of a trophy hunter's office.