The strange diet of deer

Letter from Dave Clark

Wildlife – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Ed and Martha,

We just want to tell you how much we enjoy Colorado Central.

It was interesting to read in Hal Walter’s recent article on cutting a Christmas tree about the deer eating all the needles off of the tree he left outside overnight. Apparently pine needles are like candy to deer. We had a couple of ponderosas come down after a heavy wet snow a few years ago. We were amazed that for the next two days our local deer herd stood around the trees happily munching away at the needles until the trees were bare skeletons. The interesting thing is that we never see them eating needles from live trees. We wondered if anyone knew what this was all about.

Happy New Year,

Dave Clark and Linda Rosen

Shawnee, Colo.