Six-point buck, photo taken 1-6-14 in my (then) front yard.
We moved last May from a country place to a cozy home in a neighborhood where the houses are close together and everyone has a high backyard fence for privacy. I'm planning gardens now without regard to what dear eat, although we'll still focus on native habitat. We're happy our landscape won't be on the deer trail; I'm secretly sad I won't look out the window on a sunny morning and see a twelve-point buck grazing.
Twelve-point buck in the (former) front yard 1-28-14.
We thought we'd also be leaving raccoons behind. No such luck. The neighbor across the street feeds a family of raccoons on her back porch. That family soon invited itself to our porch, finding bird feeders full of seed.
We take the feeders in at night now but our cats watch the windows and tell us when the raccoons stop by to see if we forgot. Sometimes they score, which says something about which side is more consistent.
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