Caution given while feeding deer

by Sue Hokanson, - Quartz Mountain Nature Park

The weather doesn’t match up with the date on the calendar, but let’s be thankful for clear roads and safe travels. The warmer temperatures also mean wildlife don’t have to eat as much to stay warm. Feeding stations are luxuries not necessities.

Many people love to visit Quartz Mountain Nature Park just to deer watch. Quite a few people bring deer corn to share. Deer corn is not needed (by the deer) at this time. Wild food sources are still available and temperatures are warm. We do wish to thank those people, who are concerned about the deer having enough to eat.

Please use caution when feeding the deer because they are still wild animals and their behavior is unpredictable, most especially while the mating season is under way. If you want to feed the deer please remember to:

* Ppull into parking areas or off to the shoulder on the smaller park roads (those without the yellow center stripes). Feeding the deer along the main road (Lodge Road) is hazardous both for the deer and those feeding them.

* Never try to get the deer to eat from your hand. Again, these are wild animals that need to remain cautious about humans. Or if they get off park property, they could walk right up to a hunter.

* NEVER, EVER try to have deer eat from a child’s hand. The child may be bumped, could fall over, and if frightened could in turn frighten the deer into fleeing, during which the child could be stepped on or kicked.

Should you plan on visiting Quartz Mountain Nature Park during the holidays please remember: Most bathrooms are winterized; Only those bathrooms in Scissortail campground are open; Camp grounds in the Main park are open; North shore campgrounds are closed; Most trails are open; The Lodge is open every day (as are their bathrooms); The Park Office is just open weekdays and the Nature Center is just open weekends; Bald Eagles are here – at least five mature and two immature, so far. Colder temperatures will freeze northern waters and send us more Bald Eagles; Quartz Mountain’s Eagle watches (In Search of Eagles) start 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2 at Group Camp. These are free and open to the public. Reservations are not needed. Dress for morning lows.

by Sue Hokanson,

Quartz Mountain Nature Park

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