This week we travel to Tennessee for an encounter that proves that not everything is adversial when two species cross paths.
Joan Cavanaugh, of Wilkes-Barre, sent in this trail cam photo captured in the backyard of her relatives, JoAnn and Al Larolchik in Hampshire, TN. It was taken on May 17 in the evening when a fat doe and a curious raccoon came nose-to-nose and, judging by the photo, seemed to have a friendly exchange. While not often seen, such encounters aren’t uncommon in the wild and, in this case, the raccoon knew it was no match for the doe. If anything, the deer with its sharp, powerful hooves is probably the bigger threat.
By the way, the doe looks like it’s ready to give birth any day. Like Pennsylvania, deer in Tennessee give birth in mid to late spring, so this doe looks right on schedule.
Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to email@example.com.
— Tom Venesky