Woman Sits in Forest, Motionless. Camera Captures Incredible Moment Wild Deer Approach


Spending time in nature and enjoying the beauty of the world is one of my favorite pastimes.

I grew up camping, hiking and backpacking with my family, and things always became a little bit more exciting when we would encounter wildlife.

Although we’ve seen bears, moose and mountain lions, deer sightings are the most common.

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These quiet creatures can be skittish around people, usually leaping away as soon as a human comes into view.

But one animal-loving woman has mastered the art of sitting so still that the deer do not feel threatened by her — and it was captured on camera!

In the video, Kristy sits in the middle of a forest of wild deer, completely still and silent with her head down.

A herd of grazing deer comes into view as they pass through the forest. The curious animals see the woman and creep a little closer.

At first, they keep their distance, circling and watching Kristy to see if she will make any sudden movements.

But then they get a little braver and sniff the ground as they walk toward the woman. The doe is the most curious and walks all the way up to Kristy, close enough that the woman could reach out and touch her if she wanted.

Eventually, the deer become unconcerned with Kristy and graze on the grass near her and even lay down on the grass.


These deer do not fear people because they live in a secluded forest where they are protected from hunters. Some people in the area feed the deer during the harsh winter months, but the creatures are left to live naturally among themselves otherwise.

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This magical experience shows that if you approach deer respectfully and patiently, they will be able to understand that you do not mean any harm.

It’s amazing to see the trust these animals have and the gentle interaction between them and Kristy.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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English, French
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Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith