According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and our “local” news station (which hails from Casper, a 3-hr drive away), deer and other wildlife are suffering ill effects from the drought. I’m sure they’re right; however, animals that live anywhere near irrigated hayfields are getting along just fine, as you can see from the photo below, taken just before dusk last night. Just like our livestock, there’s not a skinny one in the herd!
Every night, two to three dozen mule deer (and the occasional flock of geese) take advantage of our all-you-can-eat alfalfa buffet, which Hubby has dubbed the Golden Corral Game Preserve. Our customers are non-paying, unless you count the—ahem—fertilizer that they leave behind for next year’s growing season.
We don’t mind the beautiful freeloaders because there’s plenty for everyone. We’re particularly fond of this buck, who we think is a descendant of a gorgeous monster buck that used to frequent our fields before he was poached a few years ago. The other deer make their way closer to the river during the daytime, but this guy stays here, where he seems to know he’s safe.
“You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.” –PSALM 40:11