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Snort in the woods

June
25

Ever hear a deer snort? I was watering my vegetable garden this morning (insert plea for thunderstorm here), a few minutes after 7 a.m., when I heard this snorting/wheezing in the woods along the edge of my yard. Looking up, I could see a deer through the brush and trees. The deer would snort every once in a while, sounding a bit like a horse, and stamp its foot.

Apparently, the noise is meant to be a warning to other deer that danger is nearby (in this case, man with garden hose). Read here, too, about what the foot stomping means.

The animal then ran further up the hill behind my house and broke into another snorting-foot-stomping routine before disappearing.

This entry was posted on Monday, June 25th, 2007 at 11:21 am by Mike Risinit. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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SBenischekJournal News staff writer Greg Clary writes Earth Watch, reporting on environmental issues in the lower Hudson region. Clary has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Journal News since 1988 and has covered police and courts, transportation, municipal government, development and the environment in the Lower Hudson Valley, among other topics.
Laura IncalcaterraLaura Incalcaterra covers the environment, open space and zoning and planning issues for The Journal News. A Boston College graduate, Laura grew up in Rockland, attended East Ramapo schools and has worked for The Journal News since 1993. Laura has written features and covered North Rockland, crime, government and a host of other issues.
SBenischekMike Risinit covers Patterson and Kent in Putnam County, as well as environmental topics touching on the Hudson River and the Great Swamp. Risinit has been a reporter at The Journal News since 1998.
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