A deer leaps over a 50-inch high fence in this trail camera image. Credit: Courtesy of Linda Lechner

Cool critters doing odd things. That’s one of the common themes in our regular trail camera feature, and every time we think we’ve seen it all … we haven’t.

And even the not-so-odd things that wild animals do can be pretty impressive.

That’s the lesson for today, as we share Linda Lechner’s photo. Now, I’m aware that certain kinds of deer are able to fly (especially around Christmas time), but this action took place three full weeks after the holiday, and there’s no sleigh attached to this would-be Rudolph.

“We have a trail camera set on our fence line trying to catch a picture of the mountain lions that regularly visit us here in north central Idaho,” Lechner said. “The single strand of barbed wire is 50 inches above the ground.”

That’s quite a leap, to be sure.

But look at the photo a bit closer. Our flying deer isn’t alone. Maybe the other deer in the photo is named Clarisse. And maybe she just told our leaper that he’s cute.

Hard telling, I guess. But still, what a trail cam photo.

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Do you have a trail camera photo or video to share? Send it to jholyoke@bangordailynews.com and tell us “I consent to the BDN using my photo.” In order to prevent neighbors from stopping by to try to tag particularly large bucks, moose or bears, some identities and towns of origin may be omitted.

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John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...