A deer in Andrea’s backyard

A deer relaxes in Andrea’s yard.

Hi, my name is Andrea.
I live in the Alberni Valley.
I go to North Island College in Alberni Valley.
I am taking an ABE English class with Sandy Faust.
I love to read The Westcoast Reader.

The photo is of a deer that was in my back yard in the Alberni Valley.
The deer loves to lay beside the Cherry tree
before he eats his breakfast.
He hangs around the Cherry tree every morning.

Facts on deers
Deer can be quite a garden pest.
Many common plants that home gardeners grow
are very tasty to deer.
It can be quite annoying to wake up
in the morning and see deer destroying your hard work.

If you are like most gardeners, you would like ways
to keep deer out of your garden and still keep a nice garden.
Plus, you don’t want to hurt the deer, just keep them away.

Here are some tips for keeping deer out of gardens:
Don’t grow plants they love to eat. Simple.
Many people forget this when starting a garden.
They just plant and grow things they like,
then worry about deer later.
The best way to keep deer out of gardens is
to not provide them with a tasty dinner!

Deer are known to love some ivies, peas, lettuce,
beans, various fruit trees, and berry bushes.
They can have a love for some flowers
like impatiens and pansies.
If you insist on planting things that deer love,
a good trick is to plant them as close to your house as you can.
You can keep a watchful eye on them much better,
and deer may be reluctant to get so close to human activity.

 What to do if you find an abandoned fawn?

  • Leave it alone. Do not disturb, distract, or touch the fawn.
  • Walk away from the fawn quietly and slowly.
  • Do not call a conservation officer.
    Officers know that fawns are being born.
  • Do not take the fawn to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic.
  • Don’t touch the fawn. If you have already handled it,
    find a towel, rub in the grass and wipe the fawn
    down to remove your scent.
  • Don’t get to close to the fawn, it might be hurt.

When fawns are born they are usually too small and weak
to tag along with their mothers in search for food,
so they are often left in the undergrowth while they get their strength up.

This hiding method using the spots on their backs
coupled with the fact that they are scentless
means that the fawn has the best chance for survival against predators.
When their mothers return, they get to stretch their legs.

For information about the wildlife rehab if you find a baby fawn.
Southern Vancouver Island call 250-478-9453.
Or contact your local wildlife rehab.