Monday, July 23, 2007
The scourge of Fairfield County
Who could have imagined it would come to this. Wealthy suburbanites turning on Bambi.
Yes, it's true.
An organization called, Fairfield County Municipal Deer Management Alliance, is gunning for deer in the lush Fairfield Hills. Abetted by startling hunting advocates like Nick Kristoff and Peter Applebome, the group wants open season on bucks and does who frolic 'tween the mansions on the Metro North line. To the FCMDMA, deer are evildoers who will eat your rhododendron, step in front of your speeding SUV as they try to share your front seat, and infect you with debilitating disease.
According to the group, "a reduction in the deer population as the only sure way to reduce the number of cases of Lyme disease. "
Since the deer tick, in its early stages, feeds on white-footed mice, the hunters of Fairfield need to stick their shotguns down all available mouse holes and blast away.
And since infected nymph ticks often attach themselves to cats and dogs, well....think of all the dog poop we won't have to scoop.
And since adult ticks take their blood meal from large mammals, including humans, if we exterminated all the humans in Fairfield County, it would guarantee there would be no new cases of Lyme Disease.
I think it's safe to say, that downtown Bridgeport could be spared the hunt.