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Casualties in The Glen
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Casualties in The Glen

by Gerald Janauer on November 19, 2009

On our trip recent trip to Watkins Glen we wandered along the Gorge Path marveling at the beautiful water cascades, the dramatic scenery, and the interesting geological formations that have been carved by water over millenia.  At a point in the trail where the water flows were especially beautiful and the gorge especially deep, we peered over the trail wall down into the gorge.

We were in for a shock.

Deep in the gorge there was a pool of water that contained the bodies of two dead deer.  These two hapless animals had apparently fallen to their deaths from high above the bottom of the gorge.  We considered whether the deer had been washed downstream, or fallen from above, but did not come to a definite conclusion.  There was a sheer wall above the area were the carcasses had come to rest, an area with trees and probably grass from where the animals may have fallen from.  It is most probable that is what occurred - the animals would have probably come to rest in the gorge farther upstream if they had come to their demise by drowning in high water farther up the creek.

Death in The Glen

Casualties in The Glen

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