National Geographic : 1945 Jan
The deer whose hoofs are too sharp THE VIRGINIA or White tail Deer (Odocoil eus virginianus) has as wide a range as any game animal in the United States. Well protected by game laws, he is far more numerous in many areas today than he was in the unsettled forests of two hundred years ago. During most of the year, he gets along very well. But the deer that lives in the north, where winters are severe, faces grave danger during winter months. The heavy snows make food scarce and travel difficult for him. His small, sharp hoofs, which helped to carry him away from danger during the summer, are now too sharp. His slim legs sink deep into the snow with every step. Instinct, however, provides deer with a way to obtain their food under these adverse condi tions. They band together in winter, ordinarily choosing a well-protected spot where food is likely to be most abundant. There they make a "yard," packing down the snow over a small area. From the yard, well-beaten paths are made to various feeding places so the deer may go foraging and return easily. But, marvelous as are the ways in which in stinct guides animals to protect themselves against disaster, they are seldom infallible. As winter drags on, and food near by is eaten up, the trails grow longer and longer. Then if, as often happens in February, a bad storm covers the trails, many deer may die of starvation. Although man, by the use of his intellect, has managed to work out far better measures for his safety than instinct has provided for the deer, he cannot guarantee himself against un expected mishaps. He has, however, worked out an infallible way to protect himself from the financial con sequences of a mishap once it has occurred. He does this through insurance. If a fire should damage your property or an accident land you in the hospital, you can de pend upon insurance to cover the inevitable expenses which follow. Since one never knows when a mishap may occur, and since the resulting expenses can be considerable, it is important to play safe and never allow yourself to be without adequate insurance protection. Your local Travelers man can advise you about your protection needs. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.