Deer herd find urban refuge at Rosehill Cemetery

As light snow falls across Chicago, a couple of white-tailed deer make themselves at home among the headstones in Rosehill Cemetery at 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. on the North Side.

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As a frosty wind raked the fallen leaves, two visitors to the cemetery nestled down in the grass.

They did not appear to be there to visit Leonard Peil, Florence A. McClenthen, Herman A. Poppenhusen — or even those who lie beneath headstones so old their names have been wiped clean away.

Perhaps they were lonely. Or maybe hungry. When a man with a bag of baby carrots approached, the buck of the pair got to its feet and sauntered over.

“I’m out of apples — they really like apples,” said Brian Keleher, 72, who regularly visits Rosehill Cemetery to see the wildlife.

He’s rarely disappointed. The cemetery staff members say there may be as many as 16 deer roaming the 335 acres of Rosehill, the city’s largest cemetery at 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. There are even mature bucks with antlers with multiple points that would be an impressive catch for a hunter outside the city.

“The old-timers said that there have always been one or two. I don’t remember seeing that many until about the last five or six years,” said Michael Weidman, Rosehill’s director of family services.

Brian Keleher, 72, who …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times


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