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Any time of year, but especially the next few months, drive with the knowledge that there is no such thing as "just one deer." The new fawns are being born and following their doe, maybe not closely, sometimes a moment or two behind. The fawns are slower and hesitant, but, if there is a doe standing near the road or one crossed a bit ahead of you, a fawn or commonly two or three are probably following her. Your car noise won't keep a fawn from following its next meal. If the deer by the side of the road is a buck, then a young buck or yearling doe will be following behind it since those that don't have fawns become a loosely united herd.

It’s sad to see a deer has been hit by the side of the road, but heartbreaking to see that a fawn has been hit. Sadly, this time of year the dead doe probably has a hungry fawn waiting for it. Slow down and remember; there is never just one deer.

Kamela Wray-Berglund

Corvallis (July 24)

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