Richland, NY

#1 Apr 4, 2013
To All Concerned Citizens,

Some of our neighbors like to feed deer. Apparently they think of this as a time-honored way of enjoying nature, and it's easy to sympathize with that. Unfortunately this closer view comes at a price. While these graceful creatures look cute (as we've personally seen) as they stand in the road apparently trying to decide which side has the best corn, this leaves them extremely vulnerable to vehicles, placing deer and driver alike at risk. This is especially true on our road, which is a main route (ironically) for emergency responders. According to one local EMS member, the local auto body shop has many regular customers, mostly because of collisions with deer.

No decent person wants to see a deer hit. I know this better than most after having seen a deer shortly after it was hit. I believe it was a pregnant doe, as many of the victims are this time of year, which only made what happened more painful. I was in earshot as she was put out of her misery, and the memory of it even now makes me ill.

If you are a true nature lover, do not contribute to tragedies like this. Please let the deer find their own food in the woods, where they are safest this time of year.

A Concerned Citizen

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