One of the most-puzzling and awe-inspiring marvels of nature in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was how many white-tailed deer survived at the bird’s foot delta at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Katrina pushed in a wall of water that towered 30 feet high and was topped by relentless cresting waves that were even higher.
Deer are good swimmers, but surely no land-based mammal could survive more than a few minutes in those conditions.
Yet, weeks after the storm, biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries used trail cameras to document the presence of deer on Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area. Exactly where and how the animals rode out the storm is anyone’s guess.
But survive they did.
The same is apparently true for the federally endangered Key deer that range throughout the Florida Keys.
Biologists were concerned about the health of the population, which numbers only about 1,000 animals, …