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Question by Augusto C Delgado. Uploaded on February 21, 2009
Deer do not eat other animals, they are vegetarians.
no i think they eat grass, grain, and those types of things.
I dont think so buddy.
no just stupid people
Deer are browsers and strictly plant eaters.
I once seen an article it was either Field and Stream or outdoor life that had pictures of whitetail robbing bird nest. It was an old article probably the early 90's Maybe someone else on the board remembers. It said when times get tough and they are deprived of protein the will eat bird eggs. (I dont know though)
moron duuuuuuuuuuuu the revenge of the blood thirsty deer. hint hint we should all be scared.
Easter Shore I hope before you would name call you would do some research. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/news/press/ontape.htm
Augusto The is an National Georaphic article of red deer eating birds as well as sheep eating birds. They also mention cows seeking out and chewing on bones. They think this is from a calcium defincency(sp) Here is the link. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/08/0825_030825_carnivorousd...
Its amazing that we can take a question that seems crazy and find articles that relate. Thank you everybody great work.
no deer are strictly vegetarians ... only grass and grain and even in the winter they will eat bark from trees ... and for all the people on here that make smart comments and calling names ... are you a biologist ???
No they don't. Don't look at a picture and put a thousand words into it. I also agree with gossy and bowhunter, don't call foolish names for a question, that's just not right.
Deer primarily eat grasses and grains however I have watched documentaries of deer actually eating fish kill. It was explained that the deer had a protein deficiency. I would guess survival instinct kicks in and an animal will do whatever they can to survive.
Herbivores will make use of any available protein source. This includes raiding bird nests. They don't have to be starving.
Beekeeper is right, as a Forestry Tech, I've seen it be more of a protein defficiency rather than a calcium deff.
48 hours ago I would have said no they do not eat meat. But last evening my Daughter and I saw something that changed my thinking. We where watching a doe and it's last year fawns at our bird feeder when a small bird flew down and landed by the doe the deer was courious and nosed/licked it three times than lost interest, one of the fawns then went to it , licked it once than picked it up and chomped it in half, chewed and swallowed,then picked up the rest and downed that to! I have hunted deer for over thirty years and watch them all the time and I couldnt believe it myself!! Maybe the mothers sent on the bird prompted the young to think it was ok to eat, I really do not know. N Minnesota the land of meat eating deer!!
This is a very interesting question. In my youth the farmers of this area would catch river run sucker fish and put them around fruit trees. I was a very young man and I never did know this reason for this activity, but all of the local farmers did it. Back to the question, I have seen deer feed on these decaying fish and on many occasions.
There is documented scientific literature out there showing (video) of deer eating nestlings from bird nests. Small birds that nest in the same grasses the deer are browsing.
Here's the article I was thinking of:
That article also references several more articles about nestling predation, predation on birds caught in mist nets, and eating of fish.
Just a little addition here, I learned a few weeks later that the bird that was eaten by the deer was a Redpull and that it was probly sick from eating sunflower seeds that where on the ground to long, found several that had died. I hear that they get a type of food poisining fron that. That explains why it did not fly away.
mostly all the birds are plant eaters
Most deers are vegetarians but some will eat bird eggs and sometimes birds.
Deer are herbavores. But they may accidently eat some bugs, but it doesn't get digested.
i dont think so
deer do eat birds ebcause of their nutrients in their bodys
Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!
no deer dont eat other animals.
deer are herbavores and if they were to eat another animal they’d have to be pretty hungry!lol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQOQdBLHrLk&feature=related Here ya go, guys.
Deer WILL eat small animals and birds when there is no access to mineral or salt deposits. Notorious most for this, are bucks in the process of developing antlers in spring/summer.
An island in Scotland, Rum, has a population of red deer that will kill and eat the bones out of seabird chicks. Seriously, look it up.
this says yes.
I was told that deer will eat small animals--lizards. At dinner tonight, I made a comment, and I was informed that deer only eat plants. The person who told me about deer eating lizards was an avid deer hunter and wildlife photographer. It was years ago, but it stuck in my mind as some sort of info puff. After reading some of the articles posted above, I have concluded that I did remember correctly. Now, I would like to find an article or something that states this. Or is there anyone out there that might have witnessed a deer eating a lizad or even a frog or like.
maybe if they were realllly hungry
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