People Who Feed Deer create problems both for their neighbors & for the deer. After having had to keep my dog indoors for almost a year because of the increased tick population in our area caused by roving deer, I’m writing this after talking with a pest control technician who verified what I’d suspected. Namely, that the ticks (Ixodes scapularis), plaguing dogs are being extensively spread by the deer. These are the same large ‘hoofed ruminants’ who have led to the ‘totaling’ of two friends’ cars and ‘inflicted’ personal injuries. [ Note: Nationwide, there are annually 1½+ million reported car crashes and an unspecified number of human fatalities and injuries / and this doesn’t include the suffering experienced by the deer].
Deer have become pests that destroy young native trees and bushes as
well as devour yard plants (their “habitat destruction” of the
understory needed by other flora and fauna is notorious). And
let’s not forget that deer serve as hosts for Lyme disease, West Nile
virus, ‘blue tongue’, etcetera…. anytime there’s an increased
population density of a species, disease will serve to help limit their
numbers. Starvation is also an ‘ironic’ and negative long term effect of humans feeding deer. The
deer population in the US is 40+ times greater than it was in the days
of old when natural predators kept their population in check and
forests were more prevalent (modern conditions provide them with more
brush upon which to forage). Note: A lack of predators allows the deer
to graze things closer to the ‘nib’ and helps to decrease forest
So, if you’re buying a bag of cracked corn at the grocery store to take
home for your “pet” deer & someone like me is giving you an “Oh
No” kind of look, remember that deer are wild creatures… and you’re
only compounding the variety of problems experienced because of their
overpopulation. If you want to attract wildlife to watch,
then water the birds… leave the deer and squirrels alone / they’re
better off without human ministrations.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
When I saw a close up of Putin on TV during the Sochi games as he sat high above the arena surveying his kingdom, I got a real queasy feeling. This was the look of a cunningly dangerous and profoundly calculating character disorder. And now that he has awarded a medal of honor to the chief suspect in the murder of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko for "services to the fatherland", we all need to realize that he just "spit squarely into our left eye" in a very orderly and precise public manner. Following on the heels of the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was about to publicly reveal the existence of thousands of Russian conscripts in the Ukraine, Putin proves himself to be in the vanguard of rogues who rule by fear and intimidation.
Note: The notion that Chechens murdered Nemtsov is absurd. Read about the conflict between Chechnya and Russia. This is a classic KGB "twofer" that also simultaneously shields Putin's henchmen. Though this may seem like a brilliant strategy to those on the inside, it merely further discredits Putin and makes his oligarch allies even more fearful of him.