I need to share with you this entry in The Comox Valley Record’s have your say opinion section (page A22, October 10, 2013) where people spout off about whatever they care to. “Have an opinion? Feel strongly about an issue? Share something special…” This is the place for you. So here it is:
Over the past few years we personally experienced a total of four accidents with deer at large on the B.C. highways. The last one which occurred a few months ago fortunately only damaged our vehicle; however, under slightly different circumstances it would have cause the loss of both of our lives and many others. For these reasons mentioned I am wondering what other people’s thoughts are about animals that cause severe damage to our vehicles and bodily harm. When I read about cougars attacking humans, I cringe. We also know that when apple season arrives we can expect bears at our property as it is on the shopping list. I don’t know what the total yearly damage is by just deer alone, but what I do know is that our damage over a period of seven years is about $6,800 paid by ICBC. I am thinking of a large fenced wildlife area, maybe like our provincial park up north. I know my thoughts are out of the box but not so long ago “No Smoking” was an out-of-the-box issue, too. Maybe it’s worth thinking about, because some of our loved ones might not be as fortunate as we were. [All the submissions to this opinion section of the paper are unsigned so we have no idea who wrote this.]
OK. Well, where do I start? Before posting this I made sure I wasn’t really reading a piece from The Onion, the satirical online ‘news magazine,’ but no, it was the Comox Valley Record alright. Then I thought, maybe this is thoroughly tongue-in-cheek. But it just doesn’t ring true as tongue-in-cheek. It’s too, ah…sincere. So, what can we make of this absolutely insane piece? That may be a harsh judgment, but who in their right mind would produce such a piece of utter nonsense? Does this person have the right to vote? If so, no wonder our ‘democracy’ is in such terrible shape. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not outraged by this piece. But I am slightly bemused and amused by it.
So, let me get this straight whoever wrote this piece. You want to put all deer, bear, and cougars in a large fenced enclosure so they don’t bother you anymore? What the hell are ‘deer at large?’ Deer ARE at large. Deer are not domesticated. They LIVE out there and have lived out there for much, much, longer than you can imagine. They were around long before roads, ‘properties,’ cities, towns, apple trees, you and your precious vehicle. Damage to your vehicle? How do you think the deer felt? Do you think the deer deliberately set out to damage your vehicle? Maybe they are suicide deer, like suicide bombers, bent on destroying human civilization. Just for one second think about all the vehicle collisions that don’t involve ‘wild’ animals but only humans. Maybe WE need to be put in a large fenced enclosure and let all the other animals run free and unimpeded by our roads and stupid, frightened attitudes. But I don’t really want to get nitpicky here.
What the attitude underlying this piece belies is a profound disconnect with the planet and stunning ignorance of basic ecology. It is so utterly self and human-centered as to be comical. However, we have ‘wildlife preserves’ in Africa and large zoos everywhere so it may be just one stupid step further to convince people that this could just work. Of course we’d have to kill on sight every animal that left the ‘large fenced area,’ but that’s ok as long as they don’t damage our vehicles.
I’m not going to go on about this. I could, could I ever. As I said, I’m amused and bemused by this, but I’m also saddened by the arrogance and ignorance displayed by this piece of silliness. What do you think about it?
Just for you I’ve posted a picture of a deer at large. I have no idea who took it. I got it from ‘the web.’ This is a four point buck. There aren’t many four pointers around. They don’t usually live long enough to get that many points. We see a few 2 pointers around but I haven’t seen a 4 pointer in a long time.