Letters to the editor
Sep 10, 2013 / 6:15 pm
Regarding the young mule deer buck rubbing its horns on people: I am dismayed to note how many people regard these actions by this young buck as "cute". This action is not a sign of affection. It is fighting. Young animals all over the world engage in mock fighting with their siblings.
We see it as play. The purpose of this is to help them fight other members of their species when the time comes to procreate. This mock fighting teaches them to defend themselves when danger threatens.
When this deer reaches maturity and goes into rut, or feels threatened, he will regard humans as the enemy and will attack with a vengeance, and that will be sad, for the only result will be the destruction of that animal.
Jim Skelton, Vernon
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