It’s that time of the year again in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. This mother blacktail deer has given birth to twins in the vicinity of my backyard. They were still wet and wobbly, when I first spotted them and the doe appeared anxious as she tried to keep everybody together and scan the area for threats. For 8 years I have witnessed the appearance of fawns in the late spring and it continues to excite me and get me running for my camera. I do not know where they come from or go to, they seem to get absorbed into the hedges and amazing foliage that grows in this maritime climate. These fauns will reappear and in no time be chasing each at high speed across several yards, followed by rest periods of heavy panting. They eventually tire themselves out and head back to mom. These urban deer retain a degree of wildness and have mostly integrated with human activity. A small downside to this relationship is the impact they can have on gardens (raided my cherry tomatoes-lol) and when they cross the roads at a leisurely rate.
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