Back in February, we noticed a white-tailed doe that had one ear shorter than the other among the deer that come to raid the bird feeders. Then last week I saw this one with 2 bobbed ears. What is going on? Were they injured? Is some crazy person taking deer ears as trophies? Is there a mutation generating bob-eared deer? Finally it was still light enough when I got home from work for me to get a couple of barely passable photos. She looks kind of sweet from this vantage.
The light was fading, so the shots are not sharp. But if you click to enlarge the photo below you can see sore spots on the ears.
I believe what I had thought were 2 does is really just one slowly losing bits of her ears. Perhaps her ears were badly frost-bitten during those bitter cold weeks we had and the dead parts are falling off. Otherwise, she looks healthy. Has anyone else ever seen anything like this? I will keep an eye on her this spring to see how she fares.