Here is my story for The Euclid Observer but I know it won't be published.
I wonder how many of my fellow residents are fed up with the deer encroaching in postage-stamp yards, eating up plants/grass and blocking streets sometimes eight at a time. I have had nothing but problems in my small yard. I recently dug up already-gnawed tulips that were given to us by my father-in-law before 1987 when he died. They were kept in his memory but I haven't seen a bloom for years. I have logged the deer appearances since Nov. and here are the results: at least 33 sightings in my yard, the neighbors' yards and a few on the streets varying from one to eight deer at a time. I have had 5 or 6 ten feet or less from my back porch; have had a buck chase another deer in my yard twice; have had the buck and 3 deer sleeping overnight in my back yard. These are just the times I have seen them; I'm certain they are here more often. There has been one safety Council meeting and one is planned for the future. I have reported many incidences to the Mayor and Council. I am sure there are people in the city and on Council who love God's creatures. If they have experienced what I have plus being concerned for my safety working in my yard, they might feel otherwise. The deer are around night and day; this is getting way too dangerous. Last Spring, there were four fawns in my yard; one got stuck in the neighbor's broken fence and there will be more born this year increasing the population. These deer need culled or entirely removed from the city.
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