While driving along Redrooffs near Frances I stopped for a slow moving doe hobbled by hooves shaped like elf feet. My passenger commented the doe would become prey. Indeed, she will. Another friend mentioned she had seen a buck in the same area suffering from the same condition. Two deer within the same location exhibiting the same rare condition seems a little too coincidental.
Laminitis (commonly referred to as foundering), this rare metabolic condition is brought about by a diet rich in carbohydrates. Corn and protein pellets are often the culprits which would suggest human interference. Could some well-meaning person(s) seemingly virtuous act of supplementing these wild animals’ diet be subjecting them to this painful crippling condition? Please don’t feed the deer.
Dave Gordon, Halfmoon Bay