Friendly Deer

James Anderson

Calgary, Canada

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We were cruising the Going-to-the-sun road and decided to stop and take in some of the views. A couple of people who were already stopped told us about a pair of very friendly deer along this road…we did not believe them and of course as soon as I said that this Doe came out of the bushes and eased towards us, to my surprise the deer came right over to me and started licking my hands and arms. It is very obvious that this Doe has been fed and has had very close contact with other people, probably at all the local camp sites….so being in a National Park where it is frowned upon to feed the wildlife I had mixed feelings and I did not know what to do…I wanted to scare the crap out of the Doe and chase it away, but the damage has already been done. My wife snapped this pic as the Deer was licking my hand. I have seen many Deer roam thru the camp grounds at Glacier but, even those Deer had a very cautious attitude towards the people and even run away when approached. note that we did not feed the deer or call it over at any time and we left when a large crowd was starting to gather. It was still a nice experience and in a way I am not surprised that this deer had no fear of us…many times I have hiked along the trails of Glacier only to come across Mountain Goats, Deer and Bighorn Rams passing so close to me that I could reach out and scratch their nose! Glacier National Park, Montana

This young buck was also with this Doe, but stayed out of reach and hung out in the bushes…did not like the crowds like the Doe did…he had a really bad rash.

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