I woke up this morning and there was a yearling mule deer looking in our window.
The deer and three others had apparently made their way up a nearby sagebrush draw and were browsing on brush and also on the seeds left by birds at the bird feeder.
What was apparent was how these deer seemed relaxed on the edge of the subdivision. They have worn trails in the sagebrush which shows that they use them year in and year out.
What also is important to note is that there is not another Foothills subdivision for about 2 miles. Yes, there is a 2-mile-wide natural wildlife corridor between the subdivisions.
That is the key to development in the Foothills. We need big wildlife corridors going from the Boise River to the Boise Ridge. With wide corridors, deer can roam naturally and can have more open space to avoid humans.
I've been watching this small deer herd for years. They know where to find food. They know where to bed down at night to avoid the wind and weather. They know where they can get those extra munchies, like the cracked corn left for the quail and the sunflower seeds in the bird feeder or the peanut butter left for the squirrels.
The point is, wildlife can coexist with humans if we give them big enough natural areas between the roads, houses and other development. These natural areas need to be rehabilitated with bitterbrush, sagebrush and rabbitbrush to create good winter range.
Squashing housing developments together only forces out the deer. Maybe we need a law mandating two-mile wildlife corridors in the Boise Foothills.
The deer like it.
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