No doubt, we have all noticed the increased presence of deer on both the
Medford and Lumberton Campuses. With this increase, we have worked to be
proactive to stave off a phenomenon known as “deer rub”. Deer rub occurs
when a male deer rubs his forehead and antlers against the base of typically
a younger tree. The deer are working to rub the velvet off their newly
acquired antler growth. The forehead area contains an increased number of
glands that leave a scent, communicating a challenge to other male deer,
while also attracting potential mates.
In order to protect our most recent acquisitions to the Arboretum, a group
of residents have built protection surrounding our newest trees. We thank
this group who has been extremely busy over the past two weeks to work on
this important project.