Ice and snow falling,
covering the cold hard ground.
Deer with hungry eyes
come close to my house searching
for something to eat.
Many of these deer
will not make it through winter.
It is sad to see
there are no acorns this year.
deer are eating plants and trees
that they usually do not.
And I watched as the little one
turned its head up towards mother
as if to ask–
“Momma…are we going to be OK?”
Because we live in the Civil War Chancellorsville battlefield area, a lot of deer pass through our yard every day. It is easy to see that their fear of hunger is now much greater than their fear of humans. Acorns are about 75 percent of the white-tailed deer’s winter diet, and no acorns fell from the oak trees here this year. I know that there is no way that all of these deer are going to find enough food to survive. Nature is beautiful, but sometimes it is so harsh! ~ms