The deer population on the islands has grown; there are few predators and hunting is not permitted.
Some biologists think that the deer populations on the Gulf Islands have increased to the point where they now threaten the delicate ecosystem. This review looks at the situation and recommends looking at ways of controlling the deer population. (News link) Island residents say that the deer no longer shy away from contact with people and there are some reports of aggressive behavior by deer.
All very controversial I am afraid; all I know is that they are handsome beasts and caused no trouble during our visit.
Actually a perfect day, the sun shone brightly, the temperature was perfect for a walk. This bee was busy on the thistles.
A pillow of thistle down:
In the meadow we found this skeleton, of a small deer I think, that had been bleached by the sun.
In fact he also liked to chew, on my shirt, on my blouse and my camera strap. Below I have just noticed that someone is taking my picture.