Letters to the Editor

Help animal rescue groups

By From page A5 | January 08, 2014


Have you ever driven and saw a raccoon or a skunk on the side of the road? Have you ever wondered why that animal ran in the middle of the road? It could have panicked or it could have been running from something. Animals that get injured by a car have a very low chance of living because they are in the middle of the street and they can’t reach safety. The animals that are injured but safe have a greater chance of living than the animal in the road.

I found a baby deer in the middle of the road with a smashed leg. It was hopping to safety when my mom and I called animal rescue. Either the phone was busy or no one was there. We left a message talking about the injured fawn and where it was. When we got a call back it was too late; the deer was gone. It was later found dead on the side of the road.

This incident shows that animal rescue groups need more funding and (need) more members to help with their cause. Please put this story in your paper to bring awareness to the issue.

Sean McClendon
El Dorado Hills.

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Discussion | 1 comment

  • Be an example to the children & save a life, any life.January 02, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    I was driving late one night before Christmas. It was around 9:00 pm. on Bass Lake Road. I was driving slowly towards Green Valley Rd. I was driving slower than usual 'I just felt it was right', and because of the winding roads. Bass lake Rd. is very dark at night. I remember I thought to myself as I felt the people behind me in the cars following me were drivers who wanted me to go faster. I am glad I did not speed up, but went with my 'I just felt it was right' feeling now since out of nowhere a huge male deer, (a buck fully grown, with a head loaded down on top with a crown of antlers all fully grown out) as the buck jumped right out of the side hill, from nowhere, and he froze in front of my car. Yes, in front of my car. I kept my wit about me. That is how I drive, fully aware of everything. I barely had room in front of my car to the full grown buck, but just enough room as I slowed down immediately to a complete stop. The cars behind me came to a screeching halt. I or the other's behind me could not have done that had I been going the full speed limit or past the speed limit. Otherwise the cars behind me would have been in my back seat. Anyone could see this Buck, even from behind me. The buck took up so much of the road, and was fully in the spotlight. Yet, the buck was scared as we both looked into each others eyes for that split second, and he was frozen on the spot in my headlights. I was relieved. No one was hurt. I had led the way, safely. I thanked God. I felt very lucky, and I thanked God again. The buck finally moved. The buck jumped back off the road and disappeared. I began to lead the way again. This time knowing the drivers of the cars behind me were happy to go slow this time. I still drive slow at night. I always have. My children will tell you so. One day they too will be a example to their children, and save a life, or lives.



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