Friday, November 04, 2005

Of all the regions to undergo deer overpopulation, Washington, D.C., has got to be the unlikeliest. And yet, particularly because it's the rut, deer have been seen roaming throughout the city. Just yesterday, a young buck entered a shopping plaza in nearby Germantown, Maryland, smashing windows and causing havoc at the Giant supermarket. It was eventually put down.

Two nights ago I was driving down a sidestreet in Georgetown when suddenly a deer crossed my path some 20 feet ahead of me. It had somehow managed to cross Wisconsin Avenue near the Holiday Inn.

And last week one buck made his way deep into Georgetown and ended up inside a Diesel store and later Ralph Lauren, before getting tranquilized.

You may recall, a few years ago, some deer actually made their way onto the White House South Lawn.

These deer must really need to get laid.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why is DC the unlikeliest? Seems to me that is might be the most likely, considering the strict gun and hunting laws in place in MD, where these deer are actually coming from. Before anyone bothers to note VAs gun and hunting laws, please note that deer in DC are not coming from VA since that would require them to either swim the potomac or come across the Legion or Wilson bridges. These are MD deer moving in to DC, and MDs ridiculous hunting laws result in the overpopulation of deer.

Dennis said...

Seems like it is
time to introduce a
wolf pack or some
mountain lions into
the DC ecology.

Anonymous said...

Someone get MoDo on the next Metroliner .....

arrScott said...

It's not gun laws that are the problem, it's the hunting laws. You can have restrictive gun laws and still have an effective hunt.

But what happened to the coyotes that were being spotted a few years back? Even had a mating pair of coyotes walk through my back yard in 2002, and then a few weeks later sightings were all over the place, in NoVA and even one or two in DC proper. Not much since. We need to get some of those coyotes to set up year-round in this region. Coyotes also kill raccoons and feral cats, and by scaring humans they encourage pet owners to keep their animals inside at night.

Anonymous said...

yesterday a small buck crashed into a ground ground floor office of the Minnesota Capitol building in St. Paul. A portion of one antler broke off and the deer nearly ran over the governor as he arrived at his office.

Bizarro Jack said...

Don't take this as a defense of gun laws (im a true liberal in that regard), but if I could somehow ignore the ironic appropriateness of this story, I still couldn't not repost this story . . .

Man Kills Deer with Bare Hands in Bedroom

DocNeaves said...

with restrictive gun laws comes an ever-worsening climate towards those guns. Then there are those anti hunting nuts who, for the life of me, can't seem to figure out that hunter gatherers are what kept the human race, well, in the race. We lose that skill, we are distancing ourselves from our roots much too far. Hunting should be reserved for those rural areas where there is little population, but because of the spread of the cities, we need to have game control officers in greater numbers, especially during the rut, to tranq the deer and then kill them however their hearts tell them to, then put the meat up for sale to offset the cost. Like trees, deer are a natural resource, and should not be ignored or overhunted, as either will lead to problems.

Matt said...

A guy where we live made national news when he wrestled a deer that crashed into his house through a window. The Deathmatch lasted forty-five minutes before he finally broke the buck's neck. He doesn't recommend it as a daily workout routine.