Out birding last week in the nearby woods I ran across this guy. And walked right up to him. He showed no sign of fear or concern.
I could have reached out and touched him but didn't, only saying "good morning" and walking on....
I'm thinking for the deer to become this acclimated to people is not a good thing for either deer or people. There is some ill will among some or our neighbors on the whole issue of winter feeding the deer. Fortunately, it has not risen anywhere near the level of a recent incident in the Twin Cities area.The fatal shooting recently of a Minnesota man followed years-long standoff between neighbors over feeding deer, police said. Todd Stevens, 46, was killed by a shotgun blast at his home in New Brighton, a Minneapolis suburb. Arrested was his neighbor, Neal Zumberge, 57.