Never feed them as they become familiar with humans and it can cause their death, also the demise of your favourite rose bush!
The deer were a vital part of the survival of the First Nations’ people, especially in the early times. All parts of the animal were used: horns and bone for tools and weapons, meat for food, and hide for clothing and shelter.
Despite everything, the Columbian black-tailed deer lives equably beside us humans here in this area, giving us an “ah” moment when we see them alongside the river path or in the trees.
– Liz Hancock is a member of the Alouette River Management Society, she is also a writer, artist, environmentalist, and teacher of self-sustainable living.
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