Recently your site featured a letter regarding the deer in the area.   The writer advocated learning to live with the deer and not hunting them.   I respectfully disagree.

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Deer are hazardous to drivers and vehicles.   They often dart into the street in front of cars without warning.   Hitting a deer in a vehicle can not only damage the vehicle, it can result in the death of the driver and any passengers that may be in the car.   In addition, deer often carry Lyme disease.   A man I know who contracted Lyme disease took a year to recover from it.

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A few weeks ago a deer decided to dart suddenly across Terrill Road.   There was a great deal of traffic, and all the drivers had to slam on their brakes.   An accident was narrowly averted.

Deer belong in the woods.   They do not belong in city neighborhoods.   I passed a dead deer last week lying in the street on Watchung Avenue.   I hope it won't take the death of a human being to convince those who handle animal control to get control of the deer population.

Very truly yours,

Johanna Marshall