The first fall we moved here (in 2013), there were 2 lady deer that would frequent our yard. One of them had a bad leg, and did not survive the winter. The other had a deformed jaw. They knew our yard was a safe harbor for them, and often they would sleep in the shadows of our trees.
Over the years, that first deer had children... then they have had children. They all seem to intuitively know that they are safe here... and continue to sleep on occasion in our yard. Today... 3 little babies (with their spots!) came to graze. I am so very grateful.