When I came home from the supermarket this morning and pulled into the parking lot, the first thing I noticed was that the crows and blue jays were making no end of a fuss, up there in the treetops. The next thing I saw was… a fox. That’s what had them so upset.
This was the second time I’d seen the fox in the past few days, and many of my neighbors have seen it, too. Maybe you live in a place where seeing a fox is no big deal; but here in our New Jersey suburb, it is. Our wildlife is mostly squirrels, possums, and birds, with the odd chipmunk thrown in. Never foxes.
However, there he was, crossing the parking lot, large as life. Okay, foxes are pretty good at adapting to human-dominated environments. Even so, I’ve lived here all my life and never seen a fox until now. And there have been deer around, too.
I don’t know why this should be. I’m waiting for more information. But my wife thinks there’s been so much unwelcome building around here, it’s driven the animals out of their hiding places–by removing those places and paving them over. I hope that’s not the reason, but it could be.
I like to think the wildlife is coming back because God has something better in mind for us than anything we’ve thought of by ourselves.
Hi, Mr. Nature here. I didn’t see the deer today when I went out to look for them. That’s not unusual. Sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t.
What is unusual is the whole idea of rather large animals so successfully concealing themselves in rather small spaces. This is the suburbs, where I live. The few remaining woodsy patches are very small indeed. So how do they do it? How do deer make themselves, for all practical purposes, invisible?
It’s simple, really. For one thing, deer excel at staying perfectly still. If they’re doing this even in a little bit of underbrush, it makes them very hard to see.
For another, their color blends in with the leaf-litter on the ground. And finally, they are experts at picking out the best hiding-places, and they’ll move around from one to another. Where they hide today is probably not going to be where they hide tomorrow.
And they don’t need much. Just little patches of cover. There might be three deer hanging out in your suburban back yard and you’d never know it.
How God provides for them, under what seem like such adverse conditions, is truly wonderful.
When the rain stopped this morning, I went for a hike up the hill to see the deer.
It always amazes me that these large wild animals can make a living in this thoroughly suburbanized town. Usually, but not always, I see them in a little two or three-acre park atop a steep hill in a posh neighborhood full of big houses that would do very nicely for hotels. Sometimes they come out of the park and hang out on people’s front lawns.
How do they do it? True, when they’re in the little wooded park and they’re not moving, they’re almost impossible to see. But they’re surrounded by a residential neighborhood full of cars, guys on riding mowers, etc. Somehow God provides for them.
You’ll notice, in this video, that someone is tossing little apples to the deer, which is probably why they’re in his back yard. It’s nice, to feed the deer, but it isn’t wise. Get them too used to interacting with people, and it will abate their natural caution which they need to survive.
I love to see the deer that somehow manage to live in the middle of Suburbia. I pray there will always be a place for them, and am surprised that there still is. The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof… (Psalm 24:1)