Friday, July 22, 2005

Deer attacks continue

In this article, Deer attacks continue, from Daily Egyptian, Murray.H reports that deer attacked six people on SIU campus. In one case, when traffic stopped and two people urged a doe and a fawn to cross the street. However, the doe felt danger and attacked. According to ecologist, a fawn is very young and can’t escape from danger at that time. Therefore, a doe is more aggressive and try to defend her baby (Murray.H June 14, 2005 para.8). Lastly, he advises students. "Do not approach wild animals, no matter how cute and cuddly they are" (para.11).

I was very surprised to see a deer on campus forest for the first time. And I thought that it is because there is a lot of nature in America and thought "How wonderful!" However, I didn’t know this problem. In my opinion, we can live together in campus. From different point of view, here is the safest place because there are few cars near the forest. It is good surrounding rather than other forest. In order to prevent such accident, some caution should be mentioned. Above all, it is the most important for us to be more careful during the fawning season.

Written by Rei

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Fawning season to blame for deer attacks

This article, Fawning season to blame for deer attacks, reports that SIUC’s officials and an ecologist discussed their impressions about the deer attacks occurred in campus in terms of the actions that the University implemented and the biological reasons that might motivated the attacks. While reporting the seventh attack and stating that neither lethal nor moving-out steps would be implemented against the animals, the director of the Department of Public safety described the informative campaign they ran to aware both visitors and other camps about the incidents. On the other hand, a wildlife ecologist explained that the attack might have occurred mainly because of the fawning season and the protective instincts of the does. In the fawning season, births increase and mothers react instinctively against any potential enemy for their fawns (e.g. humans). In addition, as wild species, people should not surround deer even either if they are adults or they are out of birth season.

In my opinion, we should be aware of two things when dealing with this “accident”: First, it was just an accident, and second, we should learn to live along with animals. It was an accident because how many attacks have occurred? To the best of my knowledge, such attacks do not occur frequently. Therefore, isolated attacks should not worry anybody. On the other hand, when it comes to animals learning their nature, necessities, and potential aggressiveness turns to capture our attention. In learning animal’s behavior, we might handle why these events occur (e.g. during fawning season). Consequently, no special policy but a different attitude results necessary when coping with such accidents.

Written by Angelica

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

On-campus deer attacks prompt warnings

Is it dangerous for take a walk in the woods?The deer and the doe attacked seven people in the campus of the Southern Illinois University. This accident happens very rare, so it is difficult to cope with the situation.
The female deer have tied in fawning season for avoid an accident. According the research, there are more and more deer in the campus. A lot of building occupied the woods, so the deer have to live in the campus. The school has a warning which student should be careful when walking in the wood’s paths.

It’s very dangerous when you walk in the wood’s path. No one knows when the animal appears in the woods. The school’s warning is not enough to protect the student. The school should talk the deer’s attack seriously, not just a “sign”. The Government also have to solve the problems, otherwise someone will get hurt in the
campus again.

written by Tracy

Monday, July 18, 2005

Deer attacks at SIUC hospitalize 4

The article "Deer attacks at SIUC hospitalize 4" by Monique Garcia portrays the deer attack event in Southern Illinois University Carbondale. From June 7, 2005 on, deer had attacked seven people in the campus within 9 days (Garcia, M., Jun. 6, 2005, Para. 5). Among the seven injured, four was sent to hospital (Para. 5). Experts said during the climax of the fawning season, which lasts from June 1 to June 10, female deer will become fierce in order to protect baby deer (Para. 11). But it will be nearly impossible for deer attack to take place after the season passed (Para. 11).

It is horrifying to learn that there are such violent deer inside the campus. And the number of deer that did the attacks is possibly more than one (Para. 9). Since two weeks ago when I arrived here, I have been dreaming about wandering through the Thompson Woods and visiting the Campus Lake. But the hope now seems to be dangerous. I really hope that I can have a tour all the way through the campus before I leave, without meeting a terrible deer.



Violent Deer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Group Project for CESL EAP2 Newstalk class

Members: Bay, Angelica, Tracy, Rei