A large herd of deer "yard up" in Grafton, MA on March 3, 2014. March can be an especially difficult month for deer. The quality and quantity of food has degraded and they have been losing fat for several months. When snow gets deep, deer tend to use the same trails repeatedly and remain in the same general area. This is behavior is commonly referred to as "yarding up". These larger social groups, typically not seen at other times of the year, can quickly exhaust local food resources. Venturing out from the safety of the group in late winter months can also expose individual deer to predators. (TrailCam video by Troy Gipps)

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