Deer are skittish creatures by nature. At the snap of a twig, they’re off running. That, coupled with their incredible speed and dexterity makes human interaction rare.
Outside of a medical emergency, humans aren’t afforded the opportunity to get very close to deer roaming in the wild. The deer that roam the wild of Stout, Colorado, though, are particularly brazen.
Stout boasts an official population of 47 1/2 people, which means there aren’t many people around for the deer to be scared of. Maybe that’s why they appear so comfortable going out on the town.
In fact, earlier this month, one of them decided to stop at the Horsetooth Inn and RV Park to do a little shopping.
Lori Jones, who works at the Horsetooth Inn, said that “Mama”, a female deer, walked into the store and started doing some browsing.
The deer wasn’t the slightest bit fazed by Jones, completely ignoring her attempts to shoo her away. Quite the opposite, she appeared to be interested in the sunglasses before turning her attention to the snacks.
“Mama came in the front door, and I kind of did a double take,” Jones said to the CBS Denver affiliate. The deer has been spotted hanging around the store in the past, but she’s never wandered inside.
After taking a few photos, Jones says she was able to lure her out of the store using a peanut bar. She chuckled to herself for a moment, then got back to work.
Little did Lori Jones know it wouldn’t be the last time she would see her deer friend.
Approximately 30 minutes later, the mama deer returned. But she wasn’t alone. She brought her entire family to her new favorite hangout.
“Later, I was in the office checking the store stock,” Jones wrote in an email to 9News. “I walked out and there she was with her twins and a lone buck that she nursed. I just used my phone to snap the pics. I laughed so hard!”
In the photo, you can see the mother deer confidently standing in the middle of the store, while her the rest of her family peers cautiously through the front door.
Shortly after luring the mama deer out of the store, she returned with her entire family.
The best way to grow a business is through word-of-mouth referrals. At this rate, the Horsetooth Inn will be the place to be for any deer in Stout, Colorado.
Mama has returned several times since these pictures were snapped, each time with her family in tow. Jones says she’s learned her lesson the hard way.
“You should never feed the deer because they’re going to keep coming back,” she said through a grin.
She’s still able to look back at their first visit and laugh, and is glad that her pictures are bringing smiles.