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Topic: OT: Theory of why deer poop in the middle of the (4 msgs / 92 lines)
1) From: Tom Gaskell
Jim,
My hypothesis is that the deer instinctively understand that the middle of
the clearing is the safest from the predator/prey paradigm.  The center of
the clearing provides the best 360 dgerees of surveilled area in the event
of an "inturruption."  The deer are doing their best to avoid the "knocking
on the bathroom door" distraction that all parents have experienced.  Not to
mention that being caught with his proverbial pants down, unprepared to flee
a predator, could be lethal for Bambi.
I hesitate to mention the embarassing implications of dying in the midst of
a bowel movement.  Ask Elvis.
Well, okay, Elvis isn't around to answer...
I believe I am downwind, and am catching a whiff of another Ig Nobel...
Tom
On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 8:57 PM, Jim Gundlach  wrote:
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2) From: Jim Gundlach
Tom,
I considered the predator/prey model but for deer the major mode of  
protection is a good cover in woods/brush/tall grass environment.   
Going into clearings without being drawn there for food, deer hunters  
regularly bait deer by putting good food in clearings that give them  
good shots, seems to me to actually increase their visibility and risk  
to prey.  In addition, food shortages are typically what keeps  
populations in check and the prey population rarely has the capacity  
to eat more than the old and disabled members of their prey  
population.   Think of it, if the predator population required more  
food then they would deplete their food supply and soon die out.   In  
addition, predators are notoriously lazy and regularly avoid attacking  
a strong healthy member of their prey population.
pecan jim
On Sep 2, 2008, at 8:06 AM, Tom Gaskell wrote:
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3) From: Rich
Tom,
If you remember the movie Beetlejuice the idea advanced there was that 
you spend the rest of eternity in the same condition you died in.  And 
you bring up Elvis....  **You forgot the spew alert**
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4) From: Justin Marquez
Any deer falling for the ol' "good chow in the clearing" trick would be
systematically weeded out of the gene pool. So with time, that ought to
factor out.
I think they poop in the road just trying to get back at all those cars that
previously robbed them of their loved ones.
One comedian (maybe Jeff Foxworthy...?) says that the easiest way to kill a
deer is to get a gun that shoots bullets that go 65 MPH, have headlights and
honking horns - then the deer will come to YOU and just stand there and
blink.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 10:13 AM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
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