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Jake Henderson Eng 101 Jefferies 9-18-07 Whitetail Deer and their Interaction with Humans Introduction This paper is a scientific inquiry into the deer that exist in rural areas. Its purpose is to understand the relationship between the animals and the environment as well as their interaction between deer and humans. The deer population has become overly populated in many rural towns and cities in the United States. This is true for the small town of Arcadia, a township north of Lexington in North Carolina where deer populations are growing rapidly. The observational results have shown that the deer are of the species “ odocoileus virginianus ”, also known as the whitetail deer. Whitetail deer are shown to have a complex relationship to the local ecosystem benefiting both other animals and humans. One must consider the natural habitat of the whitetail deer and the effect that the human race has on it. With this said, I think that the whitetail deer will thrive in the rural habitat created by humans and also that humans will benefit from the surge of whitetail deer in the area. Method A whitetail deer was observed on Saturday, September 1st at 6:15 P.M. from a treestand on a piece of property in the small town of Arcadia, near Lexington, North Carolina. A long gravel road off of South Payne Road was taken to enter the area. The area was covered mostly in hardwoods such as white oak trees, red oak trees, poplar trees, and maple trees. The observation was taken in an area called a bottom. It’s an area of very low elevation, like a large ravine. The treestand was hung in the southern end of the bottom. To access the stand, an old
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Jake Henderson Eng 101 Jefferies 9-18-07 bridge had to be crossed due to a creek that runs through the property. The treestand was located high up in a tree, 25 feet up, in a heavily wooded area with very little sighting distance, meaning one could only see 30 yards before trees and leaves obstructed the view. The treestand was a one-man stand and was entered by climbing up the tree steps screwed into the tree. A small meadow opened from the right into a grassy field. The tree leaves and shrubbery were still very
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