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A deer takes advantage of a break in the rain for some fall foraging on Grandfather Mountain. Although Grandfather houses deer in its animal habitats, wild deer are a common sight on the mountain. (Photo by Sharon Glatthorn)

Folks who are determined to see deer, however, are encouraged to attend one of Grandfather Mountain’s daily deer encounters (weather permitting), during which staff naturalists will offer the animals an enrichment — something to bring variety to their day, such as a new toy, treat or even a scent. Meanwhile, naturalists share information and answer questions. For a complete schedule of daily events, click here.