Terry Caras: Deer issue needs solution
To the editor:
My experience with the deer go back four to five years.
At that time, we grew a garden with many vegetables as well as strawberry, raspberry, currant bushes (three kinds), a cheery tree and an apple tree.
We have five or six that visited our yard and they lived off our garden, etc.
One day I noticed a young buck out back, and it looked different, so I started around the house to get a better look. As I walked around to side, he arose and charged me.
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I had been shoveling the yard and had it in my hands so I swung the shovel and hit him. He got right back up and charged again, so in self defense I swung again, and he fell down and didn’t raise again.
Needless to say I wonder how it would have been if one of my grandchildren had been playing and they (the deer) came in. I don’t believe it would have been too pretty.
Since that time, I’ve had another die in my backyard. Both times the Division of Wildlife came they said they thought that both deer had died from wasting disease.
They said they’d check but needless to say, they never let me know exactly why they died.
Someone said we should stop and smell the roses, but I’d just like to say the rosebuds have been eaten, along with every other flower or vegetable we’ve grown.
Someone else said let’s build fences around with the money instead.
I don’t believe it would help, but if they could just make mine white like the one when you enter Wal-Mart on the west side, I’m all for it.
Really, it’s the safety I worry about. With the animals being sick, I know I want them out.
Also another item about the smelling in town? Walk around town. You can’t walk two blocks without the smell of a dead deer in the area.
Something does need to be done.
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