In a little shop at the foot of the Rockies in Fort Collins, Colorado, Lori Jones sells gifts and supplies at the Horsetooth Inn and RV Park. It is not unusual to have encounters with local wildlife, however, one visitor, in particular, did stand out.
Shopping is pretty high on everybody’s to-do list during this time of year when this mother deer walked right in.
Jones was working in the shop when a wild doe appeared in the doorway. A few minutes later, the curious deer strolled inside as if she were just another customer.
“It was hilarious,” Jones said. “She was looking at the sunglasses and the chips. I was laughing so hard.”
The matriarch of a family lives in the area and is no stranger to Jones, however, she has never entered a building on the grounds.
Jones thought the deer simply lost her way and escorted her outside with a peanut bar in hand.
“About 30 minutes later, here comes the deer again with her whole family,” Jones said. “I’m in the office doing inventory, and I come out to find her there. This time she brought back her twins and this one young buck that she adopted.” The kids waited at the door while mom walked into the store again.
“They were just looking in the doorway like, ‘Can we come in too?’ I said, ‘No,’” Jones recalled. “It was so funny.”
Jones did not want to give them too warm a reception so she grabbed another peanut bar and lured mom and her kids to the field again. Jones normally has a policy against feeding wildlife, but she rewarded them with a treat.
“Take your children home,” she called out as they scampered away.
“It was just a lovely thing to see,” Jones said. “The population of wildlife here is just astounding. We have mountain lions, bighorn sheep, deer, raccoons — you name it. They have to fend for themselves. That’s nature. But I think they’re all wonderful.”
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