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Jim & Bobbi Yonai
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We have lived in rural areas and own a cottage in the mountains, but we have never seen as many deer as there are in the city. We live near Nottingham High School, and we see deer almost every day. We once saw a herd of 12 walking down our driveway. At times we saw it as humorous, saying, “There must be a sign somewhere: ‘Free Eats at the Yonai Home.’” However, it is also a very serious problem. We wrote this haiku a year before the community held a meeting attended by several hundred people complaining about the same things. Deer are destroying our yards and eating our plants. People are getting sick from deer ticks with Lyme disease. The deer run in front of cars, causing injuries to the drivers, passengers and deer. It’s not an easy problem to solve.

Spring comes, flowers bloom,
deer dine on floral buffet,
gardeners must pay

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