Don Marchbanks: Deer not a problem
To the editor:
I’ve been in the Yampa Valley for 30 years.
I hunt, fish, and spend as much time in the backcountry as I possible can.
In this time, I have encountered every animal that walks this land. I’ve had bear stand on their hind legs and grunt at me, lions snarl at me, snakes hiss and rattle at me.
Deer and elk? They just run from me.
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I have deer in my yard and pastures year-round, and elk in the winter.
Never once did they ever offer to attack or even pose a threat.
For all of you who fear the beast, if you will, perhaps you have the problem.
You must have really panicked when the trick-or-treaters showed up.
There are places to live for people that don’t like wildlife (Denver and Colorado Springs, for example) that would love to have people who fear wildlife live in their great cities.
I would love to walk down your street with my little Jack Russell puppy, which, by the way, I trained not to harass wildlife, and see these viscous deer.
In my opinion, you’re living in a world of paranoia and selfishness. Leave the deer alone — they were here first.
Move somewhere you don’t have worry about the deer, and you whiners quit being a nuisance.
You’re worse than the deer. And to tell the truth, we don’t like you, either.
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