Deer are quite numerous in Cades Cove, it is not uncommon to see small herds at certain times of the year. This buck was munching plants next to the road. Since it was mid-July, his antlers were still in velvet. A few years ago a couple of guys from Florida shot and killed a huge, very popular buck in the Cove. Unfortunately, the slap on the wrist punishment they received did not fit the terrible crime. What would make someone want to kill such a beautiful animal in a national park?