Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
I maintain a circuit of three trail cameras in my woods. They diligently record the coming and going of critters mostly. Deer, turkey, coyote, fox, raccoon, owls and even a vulture. On rare occasion they'll record the presence of people. After the sun goes down infrared mode kicks-in and the lack of a visible flash will scarcely reveal their presence. In any event I got a curious - and disturbing - photo on one of my silent observers in the forest. A picture of a three-legged deer.
Word around the township whether at the local café, or the ball field in Kolberg or in some of the local watering holes is of a doe with three legs. Not literally three legs - but three functional legs. Sightings have been reported since last winter.
Seems her right front leg was damaged and is now permanently locked into a flexed position. She's been getting around on three working legs.
And she's not looking so good either.
Thin and gaunt with her ribs showing. From all outward appearances things have not gone well for her.
Contrast with this healthy doe and her fat and sassy fawn.
Jill asked me if I would kill the three-legged deer if I encountered her while hunting. That's a fair question. Funny she should ask as I had been pondering that very notion myself. A mercy killing. Imagine me - the camouflage Kevorkian. It's an interesting ethical dilemma for sure. Put an ostensibly suffering animal out of its misery? Shoot it, shut-up and hope I don't get caught. Interfere with the inevitable?
And the answer is no. Aside from the practical considerations of tagging an animal from which not much useful meat would be obtained a choice to kill it and leave it dead in the woods is a violation of both the law and nature. The way I figure it mother nature will handle this on her own time. After-all this animal has survived to this point after likely being stuck by a vehicle quite some time ago. She may live much longer as whitetail deer are remarkably resilient creatures. Or she'll be taken down by a wolf or coyote. Nature always seeks a balance.
Darwin had it right.