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Why Did the Deer Cross the Road ...

October 12, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
Well, to stop traffic, of course!

We all know there are lots of deer out there. I see them every time I ride through Oglebay Park, of course.

I often see them in my Woodsdale neighborhood, which I still find strange as common as an occurrence it is. I remember once seeing one dart across the street at 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, which seems a bit more unusual than at dusk or early morning.

Late Saturday night as I was coming home from work, with Heather Ziegler in her car behind me, I saw out of the corner of my eye, a couple of deer in front of Woodsdale School on W.Va. 88. Then, I noticed Heather's car stop, as the two made their way across the street.

And today, on my way to work at about 5:45 a.m., there in the crosswalk at Woodsdale School on Poplar Avenue, a big guy ambled across the street. I thought it quite courteous that he crossed in the crosswalk!

Heather pointed out that she always is extra cautious at night on her road, GC&P Road. Also right near Temple Shalom, she has seen a number of deer.

It looks like a lot of these guys are either trying to get some education or religious experiences in my neighborhood!

But for safety sake, we should all be on the lookout for these beautiful creatures — whether on country roads, in a more populated neighborhood and any time of the day or night.

A run-in with a deer can cause damage to your vehicle as well as bodily harm — to you and to the deer.


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