I don't think I've laughed as hard as I did over the responses to the last edition of this newsletter, which asked "Would you hurt Bambi?" The question was prompted by the decision of a Maryland public works department to set bow hunters loose on white-tailed deer that are munching their way through the woods surrounding a reservoir.
"I have a great recipe for Bambi stew," wrote engineer Robert Adamski of New York. Michael Smith, an engineer in Pennsylvania, hears that deer populations are larger than when Will Penn established his colony. Someone suggested that deer hunting provides an acceptable outlet for venting the pent-up frustration that comes with serving the public. Another sent me a "Bambi vs. Godzilla" YouTube link.
On a more serious note, commentators pointed out that in addition to endangering drivers, deer carry Lyme disease. Because the highly adaptable white-tailed deer is found throughout most of North America, we wonder if they're complicating the work of public works departments beyond the great state of Maryland. Click here to take our survey and let us know if deer are dogging your department. It's a simple yes or no question.
If you'd like to share an anecdote about your department's experience with rambunctious fauna, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you.