If you happen to be familiar with the Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds, in Pacific Grove, this photo should make perfect sense to you:
And since we missed our LASHP Dog of the Week, due to training at Asilomar, it makes at least reasonable sense to us. The population of black-tailed deer in and around the Asilomar Grounds is so robust, in fact, that these harmless looking fellows actually pose a threat to another natural resource in the area.
That’s right, up in Monterey the deer are so plentiful and have such hearty appetites, that the endangered Menzies’ Wallflower must be placed in cages to protect its blooms, allow the plants to mature, and develop seeds.
While we don’t have this deer vs. wildflower conundrum in downtown Los Angeles, it just goes to show the tricky business of managing resources and fulfilling the State Parks Mission in all 279 California State Parks.