May 2010 The PEOPLE News Page 15 The Curious Case of Cat and Deer claws, a winter herd of four- watched like statues. The woods, but curiosity got the ment was watching the cat teen deer came into the yard cat and the deer stood a foot best of them and they re- stalk three deer as they close to where we were away from each other and turned to inspect this small, grazed on the lawn. by Melissa Kay Bishop working. I suspect they saw after much tail-twitching but brave new oddity in Like a lion on the African the decimation of one of from both parties and some their territory. plains, she slithered through The warming tempera- adopted from the local shel- their favorite spring dining warning hoof stomps from It did not take long for the the grass up to each deer. tures are calling the white- ter. She is a wonderful spots and came out of leader to instigate As she popped up, they tail deer to disband their being that has come into our concern. As they passed the amazing sight of showed that they knew who large winter herds and lives and as most good pets through, the cat, who had interspecies nose she was by giving no reac- break off into smaller fam- will do, has provided us possibly never seen deer sniffing, cat to deer. tion other than a jerk of the ily units. As the growth of with a lot of entertainment. before, watched with After thoroughly in- head. The cat simply gave spring flowers begins, they On one of the first warm wide-eyed amazement. specting each other, in to sitting among them forsake the evergreens of days this winter, the kind “Those are some big the leader must have while they moved about winter to come to our yards that fools you into thinking dogs, huh?” I said to her. let the others know her. to dine on spring greens. it is time to start working in As they passed out of that this was no It will be interesting to see Many does are now seen the garden, the cat and I the yard and into the mountain lion, but a as the year goes by whether with large bellies ready to went out in the yard to exca- woods, the cat, belonging pussycat and most they will become allies or give birth soon and provide vate a patch filled with use- to a species that is notori- of the herd took foes. If I see kitty curled up the world with new little less tulips. Useless because ously curious, followed their turn smelling with them in last fall’s leaf Bambis. as soon as they shoot up, the the herd. The deer every inch of my bed, I will know the answer. I am one of the odd people deer come along and nibble stopped and slowly, cau- wonder pet. that consider myself lucky them off. Before that hap- tiously, approached the The days are much to have deer visit my yard pened, I thought it best to cat who now took on a warmer now and the Melissa Kay Bishop is a on a daily basis, mainly get rid of the bulbs and put predator demeanor. deer come to the journalist and wildlife hob- because I do not have a something else in their One large doe stepped yard in smaller byist living in Oak Ridge, vegetable garden to defend. place such as shady herbs up to my senile feline. groups at dawn or Tennessee. After years of Through watching them, I like lambs ear, or fragrant She was probably the dusk. We have volunteering and working have found them to be ma- herbs, or make room for winter herd’s leader as they the deer; the cat suddenly watched the relationship with creatures great and jestic, cautious, and yet daffodils, all of which are are ruled by an adult doe took a flying claws-out leap between the cat and deer small, she now chronicles very curious creatures. not on the deer menu. and not a buck. She took on at the mammoth beast. You evolve and as we were re- the ones who visit her own For Christmas, my family As the cat and I were the responsibility of check- could almost hear the herd cently enjoying the evening yard. She can be reached at gave ourselves the gift of a enjoying the sun on our ing out the possible danger shriek with fear as they by having dinner on the firstname.lastname@example.org. one-year-old cat that we backs and the dirt under our while her followers stampeded back into the back porch, our entertain- 855 Keith St. • Willow Pointe Shopping Center Phone: 614-7885 Hours: Monday - Friday 9a - 7p, Saturday 9a - 6p, Closed Sunday A Personal Service Store For Your Healthy Lifestyle * Vitamins & Supplements * Bulk Herbal Tinctures * Educational Material * All Natural Grass Fed Beef * Bulk Nuts, Seeds, Beans, Flours Etc. * Health & Beauty Aids * Range Free Chicken & Eggs * Organic Produce * Detox Foot Spa * Bulk Herbs & Spices * High Alkaline/Ionized Qu’Bee Water * Electral Dermal Screening Senior Citizens Day 10% OFF Every Thursday Large Wheat-Free Gluten-Free Selection We’re Here To Serve You!