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ATTENTIVENESS

"Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided contentration"

I will:

1. Look at people when they speak to me.

 

2. Ask questions if I don't understand.

3. Sit or stand up straight.

4. Not draw attention to myself.

 

 

5. Keep my eyes, ears, hands, feet, and mouth from distractions.

The
Attentiveness
of a White-Tailed Deer

For the white-tailed deer, attentiveness is a matter of life or death. Its eyes, ears, and nose remain constantly alert for any signs of danger. Cougars, coyotes, and wolves prey heavily on deer that fail to demonstrate attentiveness. A deer's attention is focused in the direction its ears are pointed.

 

Deer Hearing

 

A deer’s hearing, being far superior to that of a human, can easily detect the faintest of sounds. In fact, it is believed that a deer’s hearing is so sensitive that it can determine how far away a sound was made

 

A deer’s hearing is one of the reasons that it is so difficult to sneak up on one without being detected. The ears of a deer are vital in helping it avoid danger.

 

When a deer hears a sound, it will instantly turn its head and point its ears in the direction of the sound. The deer will focus all of its attention on smelling, looking and listening for any more signs of danger. If the deer doesn’t smell, see or hear any danger after checking the area several times, it will usually go back to its normal routine.

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Deer Sight

 

A deer’s eyes are located on the side of its head. The advantage of this is that deer are able to view 310 degrees around themselves. This wide view allows deer to be totally aware of their surroundings, even when staring straight ahead.

 

The disadvantage is that deer are not able to focus on one location with both eyes, causing deer to have very poor depth perception. Deer also see at a lower resolution than humans, and are believed to be colorblind.

 

Deer Sense of Smell

 

Deer have a highly developed sense of smell; it is one of their best weapons for detecting approaching danger. The moist nose of a deer - similar to that of a dog - allows the deer to pick up the faintest of odors.

 

The odor particles drifting by on the breeze stick to the moisture on the deer’s nose and are then drawn into the olfactory organs. A deer can detect the odor of approaching danger several hundred yards away.