I’m not a huge fan of deer. They’re pretty and have big soulful eyes, and I totally cried like a baby reading The Yearling. Unfortunately, deer are one of those animals that lives too well in human communities, where they overbreed, overgraze and screw up the food chain for other animals (and yes, I am aware that we humans screwed up the food chain by killing off the apex predators that eat deer–at least, the other apex predators that don’t wear blaze orange during hunting season). Deer also carry the ticks that cause Lyme disease, and Lyme disease is brutal. When your kids can’t play in your front yard or run around in the park because of deer ticks, you get surprisingly unsympathetic toward the deer.
That said, when the Washington Post ran this picture, I thought, “Okay, this is fucking ridiculous.”
I recommend the accompanying article by Liza Mundy about deer in suburbia. It raises a lot of good questions.