I see deer everyday in the park. Now the fawns are emerging with the does. They are not afraid of people or cars. We call them BHM's sightings. (Big Hairy Mammals) After a wrong turn and extended hike with a group of day camp kids on the Oak HIll trail, I was hiking back with summer intern, Seth. We rounded a bend in the trail and spotted a young buck about ten feet away. We stopped and stared. He stared back until we moved quietly on. I felt a connection, "You're Okay, I'm okay!" thought the deer and ourselves. I wish I would have taken a picture but the mental image will be with me forever!
A student picked up a buckeye and said, " I know what this is, a buckeye." I am impressed so I ask, "Do you know what it grows into?" He replies, " a deer!"
City kids are afraid of the forest, I ask. "What are you afraid of?"
He replies, "something will bite me. " I tell him only mosquitoes will bite him in the park.
An older student says he is afraid of deer. I inquire, " Why?" He recounts his bad deer experiences; First time, the deer run in front of the car, the car swerves, loses control and flips. He looks out his window at the deer decapitated head with red eye looking at him. I think that would scare me too. His second scare was at cub scout camp. A deer trashed his tent, ripped it to shreds "looking for food." I ask, "Are you sure it wasn't a raccoon?" He is sure since he saw it!
Have you ever heard of a deer attacking anyone?
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Rosemary Krupar teaches 3rd grade at Crestwood Intermediate School. She is working as a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.