Ron and Betty Gorbet: Save our deer

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To the editor:

I am not so sure that it is the deer that need to be removed. How can anyone in their right mind categorize deer with bears and mountain lions?

These animals are predators. They are carnivores and will kill to survive. Deer are herbivores.

They will not attack people or other animals unless they feel they themselves or their young are in danger. Everything in this valley in based on the wildlife.

How can a city that has so much revenue from these majestic animals want to slaughter them?

We as people are the intruders, not the wildlife. And I honestly think if I was minding my own businesses and some person came chasing me with a broom, I think I would stand my ground, also.

Can you imagine what that poor deer must have thought?

There are very few places where a person can sit in their yard or front room window and actually see these beautiful animals.

I think that the people that are having all these problems with our wildlife should re-evaluate their approach to the animals that choose to grace their yards.

If they still feel they are in danger, they can go to Wal-Mart and buy a pocket foghorn.

And I can bet it will chase off anything that is in the vicinity. Killing our deer should not be an option. Come on Craig, really.

Ron and Betty Gorbet

Comments

headincloud 3 years, 10 months ago

Deer not a problem? I have lived here all my life and love the wildlife we are privileged enough to see every day. But in the mountains, where they belong, not in our backyards. Forget about all the thousands and thousands of dollars of destroyed trees, flowers, gardens and the hard work people have put into them and damage to the vehicles that have hit them. And you can fence them out but what about where you can’t fence them out? I had a neighbor who told me he was out in his yard this summer and heard screaming coming from the street. He looked out and saw two little girls walking home. There was a buck standing 10 feet from them, with its head down pawing the ground coming towards them. He grabbed a shovel and ran out of his yard and almost had to hit the deer to chase it away. Not a problem? I personally, 2 weeks ago was taking the trash out when a huge buck standing at the edge of the street came charging towards me and chased me up on my deck. What has to happen before we realize there is a problem? Not to mention that, as has happened in the foothills of Denver and other areas, they will bring other predators into town as well. The deer in town become desensitized to sounds, animals and people and become easy prey for these predators which brings them into town as well. Does a child or adult have to be gored or killed by one of these beautiful animals before we wake up and smell the roses? Or a bear or mountain lion come in and maul or kill someone before we do anything? Will you be able to live with that? Not a problem? Wake up!

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