Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson

I would imagine there are some local coaches looking for a good high-jumping prospect for their track team. I could offer a recommendation, but the only trouble is I would be unable to furnish a name, date of birth or address.

My suggestion came to me just the other afternoon en route home from work. I was driving along one of our busy highways and approaching me from the opposite side of the road was a vehicle traveling about the speed limit.

Suddenly, off the bank of the highway ran a deer right into the path of the oncoming car. It looked like a situation where tragedy would be the only possible result.

Not so in this case. The deer leaped over the top of the approaching car and very clearly in my vision as I proceeded along my lane. Deer and car avoided a collision. The deer disappeared into the nearby woods. I’m sure the driver of the other car joined me in astonishment at this incredible sight.

Deer are known to have the ability to jump 8 to 12 feet high, and this animal looked like a good prospect for a track team!

Several years ago, I had another experience with a deer. I was a passenger in my wife’s car and we were en route to the grocery store. A deer suddenly ran in front of our car, stopped and faced the driver and passenger. In this instance, the deer leaped but didn’t clear the car. It came smashing through the windshield, landing in my lap.

I required medical treatment for glass in my face and eyes and for cuts and bruises. Our car suffered thousands of dollars in damages and had to be towed to the shop. The injured deer was put to sleep by a nearby neighbor.

Deer are sighted frequently in our area. They do cause problems with collisions and as hosts for ticks that carry Lyme disease. Deer in this area destroy vegetable gardens, landscape plants and other animal habitat. They do attract predators.

As their population grows, wildlife managers seek to control and cull herds. Hunters are licensed to aid in control of the herds. These sportsmen are subject to laws and regulations.

Meanwhile, ordinary citizens are encouraged to be careful out there. Accidents do happen!

Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, an author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each week in the weekend edition of this newspaper.

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