Nature moves in on Macon County resident.
Living in the mountains, folks are liable to encounter all manner of wildlife, bears in the recent past and deer, and smaller game like rabbits, groundhogs and squirrels that become regulars in their backyards. Enthusiastic nature lovers will often seek to attract wildlife by putting out species-appropriate food like birdseed for birds or corn for the native white-tail deer. Few, however, have made hard and fast friends by hitting them with a car.
Gene Schley was nearly home one day last April when a grouse flew up and collided with the hood of his car. Concerned for the welfare of whatever he hit, he got out of his car to investigate. The bird was sitting in a ditch, appeared to be dazed, but otherwise didn’t seem to have suffered any potential lifethreatening injury.