It’s pretty normal to see deer strolling through Kiowa resident Lori Burrell’s yard. The herds come and go throughout the fall and winter …
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It’s pretty normal to see deer strolling through Kiowa resident
Lori Burrell’s yard. The herds come and go throughout the fall and
winter seasons. But one day, one particular buck caught Burrell’s
On Jan. 14 Burrell saw something glimmering in the sunlight off
the buck’s antlers, and once she took a closer look, she couldn’t
believe what she saw.
“There were Christmas lights tangled on the buck’s antlers,” she
said. “I have no idea where they came from, but someone is missing
The buck was in a group with two other males and about 30
females. Once the buck got close enough to the house, Burrell was
able to get within 8 feet to take a photo. She said after seeing
the deer on a daily basis, the animals are familiar with her and
“I wasn’t nervous to get that close because they are used to us
stepping out and saying hi or speaking to them,” she said. “We were
actually pretty struck at how hansom he was. But we haven’t seen
Burrell said living in the rolling hills near Kiowa means
sharing space with wildlife. She says it’s entertaining to watch
the deer. But there is one place she wished the deer would steer
clear of — her garden.
“We have always been respectful of them and not tried to scare
them,” she said. “But they have gotten into the garden and I was in
a tomato war with them one year. They ended up eating all the
tomatoes before I got any. This year I have to put up a fence
around the garden.”
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