The very word conjures up tranquil feelings and placid mental images of delicate and graceful creatures of the forest.
Everyone loves deer.
We have lots of deer in Southern Oregon and the more we move into their habitat the more they become part of our lives here.
In one local city, they even feed them.
We love deer.
Well, most of us.
“They’re worse than rats and stupider than chickens…and in Ashland they’re feeding the damn things!”
The coach at Trey’s camp did not like deer and he was letting us all know that.
We all hate rats and most believe chickens are brainless.
He was obviously exercising restraint in his language because young people were present…but he loathed deer.
One had jumped in front of him on the road and knocked him off his motorcycle…he was banged up pretty good, but he could have been killed.
He wanted some action to thin the herds and was very angry about people feeding them in the city limits.
He damned the deer and the idiots that love them.
He has a point…and so do those who us who like deer.
They are beautiful, graceful creatures…and there are too many of them.
We have ruined their habitat…but we live here now.
Feeding them attracts more of them…but we’ve been feeding them for some time now.
They can be dangerous to drivers, but drivers who live here need to be cautious.
Both sides have good points…both sides should talk to each other about finding solutions everyone can live with.
On my Facebook feed some call the children on the border “refugees”…some call them “invaders”.
Make your own application…