The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 14, 2008

Unnerving dog incident

To the Editor:

This morning (Monday) while I was up in our barn milking our goats, havoc occurred. As I left the milkroom to check the source of the turmoil, a medium sized, pointy-faced, densely coated red dog wearing a bandana chased the herd into the barn. This dog was jumping at goats, biting at flanks, and very over-excited. Several of our goats are in their last weeks of pregnancy, Kay being first due in early April.

I shagged the dog out of the barn and night yard with a broom and secured the goats into the night yard. I then chased the dog to our perimeter fencing which he bounded over, oblivious to the electrified wire.

Unlike John Lee in his recent poem to the editor, I feel pretty shaken by this encounter and unnerved that this dog will return for more “fun.” The goats are about in the same state given the trembling on the milk stand when I finally got back to chores.

Our goats are normally inquisitive about dogs and quietly observe their goings in the world beyond their fence line. I haven’t a clue what prompted this dog to breach the fencing and go on the offensive. I would like to identify this dog so that I can speak to its owner about making certain that it does not harass our livestock again. You can reach me at 978-287-4091 or tsmith@alum.mit.edu.

Tricia Smith

Indian Hill Road

Join Cory Atkins at March 17 forum on green energy legislation

To the Editor:

If you are interested in what Massachusetts is doing to stop global warming, we invite you to come to our town forum on Green Energy Legislation - What’s New on Beacon Hill on Monday, March 17 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Union Hall, 27 School Street. Our State Representative Cory Atkins and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network Rob Garrity will talk about exciting energy legislation making its way through the Massachusetts legislature. The final version will mean dramatic changes in state energy policy and may have big implications for how we do things here in Carlisle, from the new school construction to priorities for town boards. Co-sponsored by Carlisle Climate Action and the Environmental Action Committee of the First Religious Society, this event is a great opportunity for Carlisle citizens who care about climate change to come and voice their concerns and get their questions answered. We all need to be involved in this most important issue of our time. We hope to see you there!

Bob Luoma

Palmer Way

Let’s use increased hunting to control deer

To the Editor:

No one in town can doubt the increase in the deer population – which are everywhere and the population needs to be controlled. Our shrubs have allowed for the population increase and increased hunting is needed as one way to control it.

The danger is more than car accidents – as Board of Health Agent Linda Fantasia said – Lyme disease from deer ticks is a “significant problem.”

I can attest to that. One of my 12- year-olds developed a swollen knee in late December and the doctor said it was most likely a sports-type injury. Two weeks later when it got worse and his entire lower leg swelled up I took him back to the doctor who sent us directly to Children’s Hospital. Matthew had “stage three” Lyme disease that required an operation to scrape the bacteria from inside his knee and a month on antibiotics and physical therapy.

We use “deet-based” bug spray on the boys, but I am reluctant to cover them and their clothes in it every time they go in the back yard. They check for the tiny ticks daily. My doctor says 50% of Lyme disease cases show no symptoms of the bite or the infection. We were lucky. We got Matthew to the hospital just before a fever started to take off – some kids get life-threatening fevers of 105 or more.

We need to protect our families, and controlling the deer population, and with it the danger of Lyme disease, is part of that. Increased hunting needs to be encouraged.

Ted Brewster

Davis Road

One last word on deer

To the Editor:

Regarding “Not the best way to deal with deer,” (Mosquito, 2/7/08), I would like to reply to the author’s comments. I do not read anything in or between the lines of my letter that can be construed as an attempt to frighten landowners. Nor was my reference to hunting accidents limited to Massachusetts. I do not make light of the tragedy that can result in a vehicle/animal collision but a perusal of the Internet can serve to document the number of serious hunting accidents and deaths that occur annually in this country. Also, it seems these accidents all share the fact that they were ultimately avoidable and caused by human error.

I know firsthand the agony of Lyme disease. I have it as do my dog and one horse. When three deer darted in front of my truck last Friday night on Martin Street, I was able to avoid them. But even had I hit one, it would not have altered my position on this matter nor the validity of my question. And I believe my query to be one that should be given careful thought. So, I ask again while hoping not to frighten anyone. Are we more at risk from the deer in our roadways than we would be from hunters on our property?

Frank Sargent

Lowell Street


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