VIDEO: Michigan Yooper’s Backyard Completely Scattered With Deer
Growing up near a wooded area, my dad would buy a massive bag of carrots and sugar beets for the deer that frequented our backyard. Every once in a while we'd be lucky if 4 or 5 showed up to snack on the veggies left out for them. But never in a million years would we imagine getting the amount that this one Yooper had in Eagle River, Michigan on Valentine's Day. From what I can make out, there are roughly 45 deer just hanging out in his backyard.
The video was shot and posted on E Neil Harry's Facebook and already is blowing up, as people are astounded at the amount of deer that assembled in one place:
One person took the video as a chance to kid about how a similar experience would have helped during her studies:
I had a wildlife management class at NMU where we had to go out to a deer yard and count their piles of scat per square yard and try and estimate a population count. Would have been a lot easier to just snowmobile up like this.
Deer Population in Michigan
This sighting may not seem rare considering it is in the Upper peninsula, but Chad Stewart, a deer, elk and moose management specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the majority of deer are in the Lower peninsula, making this video even more special:
Stewart estimated there may be as many as two million deer in Michigan today, up from closer to 1.7 million a decade ago, and closer to 1 million in the 1940s — a number that species managers of the time already saw as problematically large. It’s a different story in the Upper Peninsula, where recent harsh winters have made deer scarcer in some regions.
Abandoned Deer Acres Fun Park