I can see you, you little snot! Get out of my roses!
I peaked out later to see if she’d come back and saw the elk on the lot next door -the other direction.
They were eating the ends off the apple tree branches. Some apples have fallen but I’m not sure if they are eating those.
I learned something this week…because it rains so much here in Oregon, most of the nutrients get washed out of the soil. The elk can be standing in (and eating) 10 foot high grass and starving to death because it doesn’t have the nutrients they need.
I also learned that a few years ago the black-tailed deer population, in the Pacific Northwest, was killed off by a mite that made them lose their fur. Here’s a report of the hair-loss syndrome: http://www.jwildlifedis.org/content/40/4/670.full
Without fur they died of hypothermia over the winter. It looks like the mite is gone now and the deer are coming back.
The moral of the story is:
Don’t let the elk distract you on one side of your yard while the deer eat the roses on the other.