With a heavy heart, I have to report news that I think I rather have not known. The young buck I mentioned a few posts ago is now deceased. We found out from my neighbor who came over, not to offer the use of his snow blower, but to offer up this disheartening news. Seems ‘Bucky’ was sprawled out in his side yard yesterday or the day before. That means they are on their way out. The last time I saw the dear deer, he was sweetly curled up under a blue spruce in the back of our house. Our neighbor called the PA game warden, or someone from Harrisburg, and when they inspected the body of Bucky he appeared to have a wound from an arrow that became infected. I knew he was wounded, but I thought maybe he had a broken leg. In 23 yrs of living here, we never had a deer hang around so close to the house. I got worried about him and now I feel terrible to know he was probably suffering. Our neighbor said he knows of people not too far from here that raised deer. Because Bucky was hanging around the yard, we thought maybe he was use to being around buildings. The deer population is a bit out of control in Penna., so they aren’t too quick to say they will help a wounded deer. I did shed a few tears, couldn’t help it.