Donna sent me an email about the Vicious Deer video I posted last night. Here’s her comment:
“You need to STOP portraying animals as vicious. People are stupid and they do stupid things when they are around animals, whether the animals be domestic or wild. I am sick to death of everyone blaming animals for being in the wrong when it is the people who are in the wrong. This video is one more evidence of stupidity. The dog was not on a leash, was not under the control of its owner, and was certainly not contained in a fenced yard. People stood by, watched the cute little baby deer and the mother, and thought nothing of a dog or a cat coming in contact with a wild animal. Yes, the dog was kicked about and that is unfortunate. It is more unfortunate that the dog had to pay for the stupidity of its owner and the other people in the vicinity. You really do not serve wildlife or the Yosemite well when you produce these kinds of videos and messages.”
Thanks for the email Donna. I posted this video because I want people to think before they act. People need to think of these animals as being vicious. They need to think of them as not being the animal they saw at the San Diego Zoo or petted at the kiddie zoo. They need to think of them as being WILD and not tame pets on a leash. They NEED to know Yosemite is a real, wild place and isn’t Disney’s California Adventure.
I see people all the time feeding and trying to pet animals and approaching animals in an unsafe manner. Just look at the bear video from 2 days ago. Ok, there’s a bear coming your way and what do you do? Stand and take pictures of it hoping it gets close enough so you can get “the perfect shot”. The ranger wasn’t there to protect the people, he was there to protect the bear for the people and the people from themselves! Did it not occur to anyone to get back in their cars and let the bear cross the river back to it’s den or wherever it was going?
I honestly don’t care if someone’s dog harassing a deer got sent to the vet with contusions and broken bones. I want people who come to Yosemite to think about the deer they saw and remember the video of the dog getting smashed and think, “oh, well that thing could do that to me” before they get out of their car and try to feed it a tuna sandwich. I want people to think of the dog and cat in the video and think what could happen to them.
If you don’t believe I serve the wildlife in Yosemite by trying to make visitors realize it’s not a theme park and wildlife is WILD and should be kept wild, then fine, that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it. As for me I’m going to keep on trying to get people to understand Yosemite is a wild place and there are consequences for their actions. If posting that video makes just one person stop before approaching an animal and trying to feed it their lunch then I’ve accomplished my goal.