The deer population at NASA’s Johnson Space Center is doing
well and imagine that, if they were able, would say the same. We are coming to
the end of deer fawning season. The first fawn of 2020 was recorded on the 15th
of May. Over the last six weeks, nearly all of the does on site have birthed
one or two fawns.
A fawn to … fawn over.
The life of a fawn can be difficult. Fawns will spend most
of the day alone, hidden away from predators, while their mothers feed. We have
noted high seasonal predator activity for both bobcats and coyotes on-site.
However, our monitoring shows that precipitation is the greatest driver of fawn
survival — not predators. Rainfall
and vegetation growth have been close to average so far this year, so we expect
to see fairly typical deer population numbers when we count them this fall.
And now, behold: cute
deer pics and one lone predator. We are taking artistic license for the purpose
of this article to surmise that this particular cat has decided to become a