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Sioux Falls' Wild Side

February 4, 2014, 10:07 PM by Don Jorgensen

Sioux Falls' Wild Side

Some people like living in the country to be close to nature, but for many people in Sioux Falls, there's plenty of nature right in their own back yard. 

Angela and Elijha Myers enjoy quiet evenings watching the deer in Tomar Park. You often can see two bucks practicing their fighting skills on the frozen Big Sioux River. The Myers' come here often to walk the bike path and just to watch.

"We see them in our backyard. We see them on the street. We see them up the street. We have wild turkey that are around here as well," Angela said.

The deer put on a show almost every evening. Sometimes it's a little bambi learning about the dangers of thin ice. Other times, you might see a big buck, although the older, wiser animals like to hang out deeper in the woods away from the crowd. The herd doesn't make a sound and that means you have to pay attention, they can literally appear out of nowhere.

"They're very quiet, very graceful, very stealthy," Angela said.

And very alert. The deer are always watching and listening for danger.

"I just like their natural beauty when they graze. Sometimes we like to whistle at them and spook them a little bit and watch them run," Angela said.

But while the deer avoid dogs, they aren't overly afraid of people. If you're quiet and move slowly, you can really get up close and personal with nature.

"We've come within just feet of them and then all of the sudden they'll startle and run off," Angela said.

But never for very long. The deer quickly settle down and gets back to the business of grazing and putting on a free nature show right in the middle of the largest city in South Dakota.

You'll find deer all along the Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls, but the largest herd lives at Tomar Park at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Interstate 229.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A grammatical error was corrected in this story.

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