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Noticed 4 deer today with scrapes or injuries on back of hind legs near knee area. Is this caiused by jumping over fences ?

Posted: 3/9/2014
Posted By: Naturalist
What you are noticing is a gland on their hind legs called a tarsal gland.  Deer rely on their nose for much of their communication and this gland is important during the breeding season in the fall.


Tim Krynak
Cleveland Metroparks
Watershed Stewardship Center



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