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They haven't deserted me!! After my neighbor shot at the deer about six weeks ago with a 22 rifle, I thought they'd be gone forever. While they are somewhat more wary of his yard, they have no qualms about being in mine - and that makes me happy! One of them was limping badly; holding her front leg up and trying not to put any weight on it at all. My neighbor told me he was going to shoot above them - just to scare them away - and I want to believe that he didn't actually shoot at them. I've worried about the deer because this winter has been so much colder than usual. It doesn't seem fair to the animals who don't hibernate.