Carol Balleck and Linda Lee: Deer always were here
To the editor:
We have been reading all the stories about the deer trouble here in Craig and thought it time to say our two cents worth.
To all of you who are having a fit about the deer, you must not be from the country, or you think you live in a city.
The deer always have been here, we just didn't see them as much when we grew up here as we do now, when the bus came to Craig from Grand Junction. They would just stop outside of town where Trapper Mine is now to let all the people on the bus see the elk and deer in big herds.
But as time went by, more and more people moved in and things changed.
So, yes, the deer have come into town because people took over their feeding and bedding grounds.
And as for the grasshoppers and earwigs, we had a lot of rain early this year, and that is why we are overrun with them. If you were born and raised here, you would get that.
Yes, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has dropped the ball in helping out the deer and elk, and that is not going to change.
So, you get used to it or change the plants and flowers you grow. If you don't like the country life, move back to where you are from if you think it was so great.
We get about 12 to 15 head in our front yard every winter, and my grandkids love to watch them.
And as far as the deer hurting kids, anything wild will hurt anyone. Even the dog next door can hurt you, and anyone with common sense knows to stay away.
That is why they are called animals.
Carol Balleck and Linda Lee
(Born and raised here)