While driving down Chautauqua Road in Ruston last week, like I do almost every week from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., I was once again slowed to a near halt as a herd of bright-eyed deer awkwardly trampled across the road.
This is an issue. I mean really, this cannot continue to happen.
For one, I am a college student, and I obviously have a busy schedule. I do not need to have to take the time out of my schedule to stop for deer every week when I am on my way home; it’s just ridiculous.
I vividly remember a time, circa 2010, when I drove a much smaller vehicle and a deer ran into the side of my car. The deer then proceeded to fall on the ground and wail for a moment before jumping up and running off.
State Farm insurance reported an estimated 1.5 million vehicles collide with deer every year in the United States alone. Furthermore, CNN Money reported deer cause $1.1 billion in property damage each year.
There are further statistics showing the rise in deer-related accidents through the years.
Now, obviously, since I am from Minden, I know there is a simple solution to this problem: shoot ‘em.
I also understand the trophy-buck killing mentality of the south issue.
Through my experience growing up around horses and ill-mannered men. I understand males can have babies with more than one female.
So logically the male deer remaining would procreate with more female deer causing the population to not drop at all.
Still these deer are a problem. I honestly can’t go on wasting my time and worrying about my life every time I drive home.
I am thinking that from this point we have two really clear-cut plans of attack.
The first, which is probably also more logical, would be to impliment more strategic hunting to decrease the number of female deer in the population.
Fewer female deer will cause a direct correlation in the number of babies born each year.
Fewer babies born each year means a smaller chance that I will get stuck wasting my time waiting for deer to cross the road or waiting for my insurance company to pick up the phone.
Another, more humane option would be to trap and transport the deer.
I know this is not quite as reasonable, but I do think the deer would fare much better in some third-world country like Wyoming.
Either way, something has to be done before these menacing mammals cause further harm to our society.
Austin Vining is a junior psychology and journalism major from Minden who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk. Email comments to acv...@latech.edu.