Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Yes, deer

There was this strip of wetlands between our hotel and the beach in Ocean Shores. One evening I looked out the window and saw three deer grazing peacefully, seemingly oblvious to the cars and fireworks on the beach just yards away. I will always be in awe of seeing wild animals outside of a zoo. I must have snapped 30 or photos of the deer.

I am glad that we can still see animals in the wild. But I can't really say that these animals were in what traditionally we think of as "the wild." It makes me sad that we are destroying so much of their habitat that they are showing up in suburban areas.

Hardly a day goes by in Seattle when I don't see some report of a bear spotted in someone's backyard going through garbage cans. In most cases animal control tranquilizes the animals and move them deeper into the dwindling woods (if they aren't killed by the tranquilizers).

But I can't help but wonder how much longer "wild" animals can stand against the tide of civilization. I imagine that more and more we will see the urbanization of the animals like the raccoons that dwell in our midst, eating our garbage and cat food. Or these deer that graze on a narrow strip of wetlands between hordes of beachgoers and multi-unit developments.

Maybe that's why I took so many photos of the deer. Who knows how long I'll be able to do even that?
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