A lone hind

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I travel the same route to work each day, on a ru­ral road in the north-west Highlands. For the past three years I have seen daily a lone red hind in a stock-fenced area of rough ground, with long grass and heather. The field al­ways has some sheep in it, mainly rams but some­times breed­ing ewes. This spring a calf has ap­peared with the hind. I al­ways thought that deer were averse to the pres­ence of sheep, yet this seems not to be the case. Any ideas on why a herd-liv­ing an­i­mal would be­have like this?

Like sheep, red deer, in par­tic­u­lar hinds, tend to be hefted to a par­tic­u­lar area. While we think of them cov­er­ing vast ar­eas, this is not al­ways the case.

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