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Old 25th December 2017, 04:14 AM   #61
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Moose claim enough victims just a little bit north of us. Deer generally jump and end up through the windscreen. The meat is then all bloodshot and not much good for eating.

I like the comparison between deer and rabbits. They are very similar indeed.

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Old 25th December 2017, 04:36 AM   #62
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Moose claim enough victims...
My uncle’d rented Toyota after a moose encounter. He was pretty bruised and banged up too.

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Old 25th December 2017, 04:45 AM   #63
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No wolves around here, the only natural predator of deer are cougars.
There's a 1967 XLR over in Blue Hill Maine.

Officially there have not been mountain lions (cougars, panthers) in Maine in about a century. There have been many suggestive sightings and pictures and carcass-marks, but no confirmation. This despite that we fly-over large swaths to count moose (just lost a plane that way). And no wolves. Both are threatened when there are men with livestock or who feed their family with deer.

We have coyotes, here in outer suburbia, many nights a year. It would be rare for coyotes to bring down a grown deer, but you know momma's gonna stomp and snort to protect the kids.

Deer are down here since the 1940s because they do not thrive in deep woods or on open farmland. In the period when farms were being abandoned we were filthy with deer and Maine deer hunting was a thing. It still is, but they are not like they were.

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..bruised and banged up too....
He's dang lucky to be alive!! As you see, the belly of a moose is just above hood level.

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Old 25th December 2017, 04:49 AM   #64
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I live in the English lake district.
The only places we tend to see deer is in the woods.
They are too nervous to venture into villages or towns.
I have come across them on walks and they just run off.

I once walked past a tree and was shocked to find a sleeping Fox.
I stamped my foot and he woke up and ran off.

In the country side I have got close to hitting deer.
One jumped over a wall right in front of my car.

I nearly hit another on my motorbike in the night time as it ran across the road.
I dread to think what would have happened had I hit it.
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Old 25th December 2017, 04:54 AM   #65
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Originally Posted by anatech View Post
...I like the comparison between deer and rabbits. ...
A sculptor friend was commissioned by a museum to do the dinosaur which was common in New Jersey, life-size.

I'm looking at this thing and realized-- it's a deer! Pure herbivore. About the body-bulk of a large deer. Legs and head put on different, tail like no deer ever, and plants were different species then. But I could see these things browsing on shrubbery. Filling the same large niche in the ecology of the time. And if there were roads, they would cross without looking, dumb as a deer.

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Old 25th December 2017, 08:02 PM   #66
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When I lived in the south of UK there used to be quite a lot of deer.
I once went over a dead one in the road and it caused a fuel leak.
It was on a fast road and the rush hour traffic just hit the body many times until it was flat.
I have moved to an area where there is too much shooting for deer.
The pheasants here are even more stupid but they only roam in the day time. If you see them by the side of the road you have to look carefully. They usually stick there heads out just before they jump in front of your car. Good brakes and a loud horn usually do the job.
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Old 25th December 2017, 10:36 PM   #67
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Originally Posted by PRR View Post
Deer are large rabbits. (You must know rabbits.) Pure herbivores, not built to rip you apart. But 200+ pounds and stupid.

Mostly they will spook away from people. In the wild they must avoid wolves, but most places killed all the wolves a century ago. Most of the deer too, but deer populations re-grow very fast. In suburban NJ, and a few places in Maine, NY, etc, deer are pests.

Some places they get acclimated and will stand around as long as the people stay in their place (porch), but move away if the people act unusual.

But they are unpredictable. Also semi-arrogant about guarding their children and establishing mating partners. Mother with kids may well snort, both to try to scare you off and to alert the kids they need to pay attention and be ready to flee. Horny buck will fight anything he can't mount.

I have not seen a deer stand-up to a person who walked toward the deer shouting and waving. If a few snorts doesn't deter approach, turn-and-run is easy enough. There ARE many cases of deer who attacked a human, generally provoked, sometimes stupidly (on both sides).

Moose are the same only bigger and rarer.

For most people, the big danger from deer and moose is highway accidents. A deer can do serious damage to car and occupants. A moose can decapitate the car and passengers, and sometimes walk away.
Thanks for the heads up.
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