Wildlife at Sunriver Resort - The Rut We Enjoy
A Gas company just concluded their annual Board meeting here at Sunriver Resort. When I asked the group’s Event Manager, what she enjoyed most about coming to Sunriver, she said without hesitation, “The deer”.
We had twelve deer run across the Great Hall Bachelor Lawn during their visit last week. It was truly picturesque watching these beautiful animals dashing across the lawn stopping to graze on the plentiful grass here. From our view in the historic Great Hall it was a quintessential Northwest moment.
It’s not uncommon to see deer in public places during the fall months. Late September and early October marks the beginning of the deer breeding season known as “The Rut”. Technically, The Rut begins as soon the bucks have no velvet on their antlers. During The Rut, bucks display behaviors like rubbing, scraping, charging, striking and chasing does. The season lasts for several weeks with the primary breeding occurring in mid-November. During The Rut, bucks can become very aggressive and disoriented. They will go wherever does can be found.
In the case of the herd on the Great Hall Bachelor Lawn the other day, a young buck was chasing a group of does and was not at all happy to encounter one of our Convention Managers. So while it’s enjoyable to watch the deer, we advise our guests not to get close to them. According to Sunriver Resort's Risk Manager, Sally Heise, “Whether they are rutting or not, our guests should be reminded that deer are wild animals, as are the coyotes, squirrels, etc. and would be best observed from afar”.
For wildlife enthusiasts or anyone who appreciates vibrant scenery and picture-perfects sunsets, there is no better time than the fall months to enjoy an escape to Sunriver.