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Saturday essay: Dereliction of deer

| Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

We must not stint

Our necessary actions in the fear

To cope malicious censurers.

Shakespeare's words should be instructive to Mt. Lebanon's “leaders.” For the South Hills community's elected officials have, for years, dithered over culling the deer herd. The result has been a predictable and dangerous population explosion.

Witness the fresh multiple sightings of multiple mommy deer with multiple fawns in tow. And that's just in the Sunset Hills neighborhood.

Deer-control opponents, who appear to have Mt. Lebanon's majority Democrat board of commissioners by the short horns, like to paint the scenario as something of a pastoral poem — a lyrical event of nature to behold, not to be disturbed.

But in an urban setting, that's a bucolicism conceived in ignorance, a malicious censure of common sense, as nature itself now is proving.

In one case, mommy plus three has been reduced to mommy plus two with one of those two now suffering with a badly mangled leg. Clearly, this family has tangled with a car or two. And you can bet this scenario is being repeated around the community.

Once wrote 19th-century orator Henry Ward Beecher, “The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.” And how dangerous it is that they hold such sway over officials who should know better.

— Colin McNickle

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