Mule Deer – by Tony Spiker
June 22nd, 2011The Sierra Mountains have such a wonderfully diverse selection of wildlife! So far this spring we have had a couple of encounters with black bears, and just recently we encountered some beautiful mule deer down near Yosemite, on the Eastern Side of the Sierras.
With my deployment coming up for the Navy, Melissa and I have been spending a lot of time at our favorite weekend destination of Mammoth Lakes and Tioga Pass. Aside from the incredible eats in the area, the scenery is absolutely amazing. Mountain lakes, high altitude passes, and desert climate all combine in the one area. Last trip down we were driving through the Aspen Campground of Lee Vining Canyon and came across two mule deer snacking on the new spring buds on the bushes. Far from spooked at our presence, they continued eating, moving only if I closed a little too quickly. I followed them from about 20 feet as they moved through the campsites snacking away. Our dogs, Leyna and Levi, were very interested in the deer, but were polite enough to not interrupt their dinner with any loud barks. Here are some images of deer we saw.