Ron and Betty Gorbet: ‘Are you people serious?’


To the editor:

First we are told that one of the most docile and timid creatures on this planet has turned vicious and started killing dogs and standing up to people who are chasing them with brooms, and now if you sit in the grass or are in contact with deer droppings, you are going to catch some dreaded disease.

Are you people serious?

After doing some extensive research, we found one undocumented case of Elk droppings making eight children in Evergreen sick with Ecoli.

In the article from the Rocky Mountain News published Nov. 11, 2008, the senior epidemiologist was quoted as saying he didn’t know how this happened. But, one likely scenario is that the children’s shoes were smeared with elk feces and later at home, they took off their shoes, and then say, ate an apple before washing their hands.

The people of Evergreen did not immediately want to kill or relocate the elk.

Now, the kids wash their hands more often. This was the first time there was a documented case linking the droppings from an elk to a human.

In our research, we found no documented cases of deer feces introducing a disease to humans.

We also requested information from the Centers for Disease Control and Pre-

vention on Chronic Wasting Disease. In this article, it states that several epidemiologic studies provide that, to date, Chronic Wasting Disease has not been transmitted to humans, and that additional routine surveillance has not shown any increase in the incidence of CWD in Colorado or Wyoming.

This so-called deer problem has gotten so out of control that it is actually bordering on stupidity. You have more of a chance of contracting the Hantavirus from our very well known deer mouse than a disease from deer droppings.

Well, there you have it now. We have to kill, trap or relocate all the deer mice.

Get real, people.

Ron and Betty Gorbet


Frank Estey 6 years, 4 months ago

Anyone familiar with ranching is cognizant of the numerous diseases that can be transmitted to humans from livestock and wildlife.

Anthrax comes to mind as a disease that might be transmitted to humans from deer poop.

Anthrax is an acute infectious disease that commonly occurs in wild and domestic lower vertebrates (cattle, sheep, goats, horses, camels, antelopes and other herbivores) can also be transmitted to humans exposed to infected animals or tissues from infected animals.

Leptospirosis is a disease that affects humans and many animal species. Outbreaks usually result from exposure to water contaminated with the urine of infected animals. Organisms have been found in cattle, pigs, horses, dogs, rodents and wildlife.

Common sense dictates that Livestock and wildlife not be allowed to poop on the lawn where the kids play.


onewhocares 6 years, 4 months ago

Double bravo to you Ron & Betty...........It's hard to believe how completely ridiculous these people are that are afraid of the deer and their diseases.....Do people not realize the diseases their neighbors may carry that are a hek of alot more dangerous than the possible diseases in deer poop. Are you going to get rid of the neighbors in case they carry, HIV, hepatitis, & the multitude of other diseases they may have that are transmittable to other humans ? Pleaseeeee, get a life & worry about something more important like the gas & oil companies that are about to destroy this county & our properties and leave the deer alone.


Butch001 6 years, 4 months ago

Done so well!! Now the energy we all wasted needs to be redirected to something important. Like what to get my wife for Christmas. That is a really real problem.


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