Interview with one of the victims
Our group topic, “Violent Deer”, is about accidents that occurred on SIU campus this June. While people were walking in Thompson Woods, deer attacked people and injured them. That accident occurred successively. The total number of victims is seven, of which four were sent to hospital. Some of the causes of these accidents are human’s fault. Some people tried to touch a fawn. Another person tried to encourage a fawn to cross the street. However, some people were just walking and didn’t do anything.
On July 29th, I could interview with one of the victims. She is a secretary of SIU and the third victim of the accident. At that time, she was walking in Thompson Woods to the Agriculture Building. When she heard something in the woods, she looked back. There was a deer charging. The deer knocked her down on the ground and kicked her repeatedly. Eventually, she injured her back and knees and was cut behind her ear. She says she did nothing to the deer. She was just walking. “I understand the deer was so aggressive. Of course I’m angry at the deer sometimes. But I’m more angry at SIU”, she says. She mentions that SIU has not done anything to prevent the accident since it occurred. If the students and the other faculties are threatened to be injured, SIU must take deer to another wild wood, she claims. “It is good for human and deer”, she says. Before I heard the story, I thought that to live with on campus is good for deer. However, now I think this is not the best way for a solution. The wild animals and humans can’t live together at the same place in any way. Some people say the over-population of deer is the cause of these accidents. The best way of solution is taking them to another wood far away from humans. SIU should start working by the next fawning season. “I think it is good that there is a lot of nature and wild animals on campus, as long as they are not aggressive”, she said. She hasn’t walked in the woods since the accident.
Written by Rei