Oh, deer! At Beechwood Forest February 1, 2014

Beechwood 2_1_1Deer 2Beechwood Forest is beautiful any time of the year, but it is especially fun to come in winter. You will feel like you are in the middle of a wilderness, right in the heart of HP. The path is buried under snow – look for the next of the three wooden nature markers to find your direction to the creek OR follow the white-tailed deer tracks through the park and down to the Hackensack River.
There are deer, though they are well camouflaged, and you may not see them until they run, flipping their white tails as they run. You may even hear them- as they will breath very heavily (called blowing) when they spot a threat. Beechwood 2_1_8
One of the nature signs has information about white tailed deer(thank you! Joseph Niece https://hpgreenteam.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/kudus-to-boy-scout-joseph-niece/)Beechwood 2_1_6

and there are many web sites with information about them. This is one:
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/white-tailed-deer/Deer 1
I also learned – from the http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wildlife.htm site that in the 1900’s there were very few white tailed deer left in New Jersey; the population rebounded with management and last year over 51,000 deer were harvested in our state, through gun and bow & arrow hunting.
We see deer almost every day in HP. Be careful driving!! Especially on Lafayette at night- and if you would like a natural “up close and personal” view, please visit Beechwood Park. Beechwood 2_1_4

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