My friend Dr. Grant Woods (www.growingdeer.tv) says deer paw at the pests to remove them this time of year: “Deer have difficulty grooming the area behind their head. I have images of deer that have pawed and/or rubbed enough to cut their skin in this area while trying to remove ticks. The secondary infection from this can cause problems.”
Ever seen deer licking and grooming areas they can reach in the summer? This could be to pull off ticks. Grant does not know if deer pull off and consume the ticks, as people believe.