Long night

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 20.12.2017 - 22:44
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Roe deer in winter on fields near settlements.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Translation Liis

 Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team 15.12.2017

In early winter when there is still only little snow, but the dark night hours are many more than the scarce daytime, roe deer start forming small groups and keep closer to villages and communities. One reason is the increased pressure  of predators. The roe deer with a more daytime living mode feel a little more secure near settlements because predators such as wolves  and lynxes that are shy of humans dare not come near the settlements during daylight time. During the long night however they may well gather courage and pressed by an empty belly attack a roe deer group even close to a village. The occasions are not rare when the deer accompanied by the barking of dogs then run for refuge on to the village street and between houses.  The first thin snow cover opens the track book which at once adds explanations to what was heard at night.

Tarmo Mikussaar

 

ilvese söödud metskits
Roe deer eaten by lynx.
The killer of the roe buck was probably a lynx because dry grass has been scraped up on to the half-eaten catch. Lynxes often try to hide their prey from ravens and other possible carnivores. A wolf will usually not hide its prey.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
 
kitse jälg kiskja jälje sees
Foot of a roe deer in the track of the predator.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar