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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Antelope disappearing? Oh, deer!

Numbers of Alberta deer species are disappearing, as well as pronghorn antelope, which might not have disappeared—apparently they might just have changed location. We loved seeing them, and we miss them.
We have deer, however, and in the winter they come to eat from our ornamental crabapple tree. They're so beautiful to watch!

Female White Tail Deer
White Tail Deer Fawn

Male White Tail Deer

We used to see herds of pronghorn antelope not far from our house, but for several years now they are gone from this part of southeastern Alberta, seemingly not to return. However, nature can surprise us at any time. 

Male Pronghorn Antelope

Female Pronghorn Antelope

Mule Deer "Stotting"
(trotting with all four feet
 off the ground)
















Mule deer
grazing
(Wikipedia)






Ever since we moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta, we have enjoyed watching deer eating the ornamental crabapples off the tree in our front yard. I am no naturalist, and I still confuse white tail deer and mule deer, no matter how many times I'm corrected. But I'm happy to see them, and that's what counts in My World.

Posting for Fiona's OUR WORLD TUESDAY

19 comments:

Cloudia said...

Very interesting

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
More and more we see less and less...sad but true... YAM xx

jesh StG said...

Well, at least you were there AT the Great Wall - I thought you would say you had talked yourself buying a string of jade, lol! since it was so foggy at the wall, I was happy that I chad chosen to paint in the streets. I could tell I was watched. Later the girl at the bed and breakfast told me that "we don't do that in China."
I have made bigger gaffes than that in other countries, so I just laughed.
I bought a beautiful painting brush of reddish-brown animal hair, only they couldn't figure out the word in English (it was at a bookstore, so I thought may be fox of badger?).

Charliedownunder said...

Crikey ..... I'm sad those deer blokes are disappearing. They sure are pretty. I love that word "stotting". I can do that when I run. I too have all four feet off the ground but Mum's never been able to catch me in a photo. I'm way too fast for her.

Colleen Looseleaf said...

That's a funny title. We have plenty of deer here. Ticks too. My husband hunts and we eat venison. It's very good.

Jenn Jilks said...

Aren't they lovely?

Linda said...

We don't see antelope in Virginia but we have plenty of white tailed deer. Yes, they are pretty!

Bryna - Dotted Line Travels said...

The Pronghorn Antelopes look beautiful. I wonder if I will have the chance to see them in person one day!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Is development happening that the antelopes are moving elsewhere? They are handsome creatures. I hope they're doing well where ever they've gone.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the deer and antelope. I hope the antelope population is not disappearing. I love watching all the critters. Have a happy day!

Penelope Postcards said...

You make the deer happy. I wonder if they spread the word this time of year that there's a feast to be had at the apple tree by Kay's house. :)

Marti said...

Pronghorn are so pretty, I'd hate for them to disappear. I wonder where they are going? Great photos!

Hootin' Anni said...

Breathtaking images Kay!

Valerie said...

Fabulous capture of the deer stotting. Gorgeous animals. Thank you for stopping by my blog Kay - interesting that you too picked the resemblance of the leaf to that of Canada's maple leaf! I am looking forward to seeing "the real thing" when I come to Vancouver Island for three months at the end of next week - it will be my fourth house/pet-sitting holiday in that part of BC and (notwithstanding I am in the category of a "senior citizen") I am as excited as a child awaiting Christmas! :-) The beauty in your province just takes my breath away.

carol l mckenna said...

Nature is being destroyed ~ sad ~ Beautiful photos ~ love them!

Happy Times to you,
A ShutterBug Explores
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love seeing the large wild critters. As the outside areas near where I live have become more popular the deer have left. Sad thing to me.

Phil Slade said...

Hello Kay and I hope you are both well enough. You are very fortunate in having both deer and antelope into your garden. No moose about the hoose? That would never happen here as our one local species Roe Deer is extremely shy, nocturnal almost.

On the plus side we seem to be having a summer! Very unusual but now 14 fine days with us both out in the garden instead of hiding indoors from raging westerlies. Stay well and hugs from us both.

NatureFootstep said...

I did see the Pronghonrs in Teaton NP last september. A beautiful animal :)

Lady Fi said...

Ooo - I love to see the deer! We have loads here!