All's Well That Ends Well
A few weeks ago, my husband, Miles, and I were disheartened to find a dead deer on our property. Apparently, the deer had been hit by a car while crossing the road in the night. The presence of a deceased animal is a sad event in itself. However, a dead creature the size of a deer presents other issues. Disposing of smaller animals like a squirrel or even a raccoon can be handled with a shovel. A deer, on the other hand, is usually too large for a homeowner to dispose. Unfortunately, this was the second deer during the past year that chose not to look both ways before crossing the road. The Public Works Department of the town of Merrillville picked up the first dead deer, which was very close to the road.
When contacting the town Public Works, we were told that this second deer was our responsibility, After contacting three local companies that collect dead animals, we located a company, Illiana Wildlife and Pest Control, that provides this service. We agreed to pay the asking price of $400 to remove the carcass from our property. However, a strange occurrence transpired, the dead deer disappeared. You might be saying to yourself that the deer was not really dead. (That is not the case, The deer was lying there for several hours with oozing blood.)
We are not sure who picked up our deceased creature. Perhaps, the Public Works Department decided to help us out anyway. Or perhaps, someone notified the Department of Natural Resources, the DNR carted off the deer. Maybe a passerby wanted some venison for dinner.
In any event, I was very dismayed to see another dead animal in our field this morning, I was worried that this was occurring at an unwanted frequency. First, we do not want carcasses in our yard. Second, we do not want the hassle of seeking removal services although everyone concerned was polite and well-mannered,
So back to today's dead deer, here is a picture. On a closer look, our dead deer looks much like an empty box. Whew!!!