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Deer

Today, in Indiana, our encounters with nature’s large mammals are limited to observing whitetail deer.  In fact, we often hope of seeing these elusive creatures as we hike our state parks and local natural areas, as they complete our outdoor experience.  They give us a sense of being in the wild and being one with nature.  They make us feel good about ourselves and about our environment.  In a sense they have become a symbol of nature for us, wild and free.  And at the same time we "humanize" them, we see them as nature's pets, and how can you not love a pet.  And of course the fawns, like all babies, are cute, and they remind us of Bambi.  There is a human-deer bond formed that emotionally connects us to them, and perhaps they to us.

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Deer Gallery