Spontaneous Buffet
πŸ“Έ by @greatbasin_sage_ape

These mule deer were migrating over a steep ice covered trail somewhere in California’s Eastern Sierra region near Bishop Pass when they suddenly fell to their death.

More than 120 died in this one instance, much to the delight of the local predator/scavenger population.

This is a recurring event that happens once every few years, caused by ice build up from the previous year being covered by fresh snow, which conceals the icy trail until its too late.

Being Canadian, I have a lot of experience walking/existing/working on ice, and even with the proper footwear you can eat it pretty effortlessly if you aren’t paying attention to what you’re doing.

I tried to imagine what it would be like to traverse an ice covered mountain trail using only my large toenail feet (that’s a very simplified explanation of what a hoof is) and I’m pretty sure I shorted out my brain and gave myself a brand new nightmare to look forward to.

It’s an unlucky break for these deer, but like I explained in the previous post, death benefits the surrounding ecosystem.

And if even one death is beneficial, 120+ deaths is like winning the lottery.



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