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Letter to the Editor: Young motorists kill wild animals

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

To the editor:

With all the news about animals, I thought I should address another growing problem. There seems to be a rash of kids who think it is some kind of sport to maliciously run over animals. The kids will swerve to intentionally hit rabbits, squirrels, turtles, cats and anything else they think they can hit.

It is just plain cruel and mean to hit these animals. I am sure there are laws of some sort that address this problem. If nothing else, motorists break the speed limit and are careless and imprudent.

I and many other people feed a lot of the wild animals that are maliciously killed in town by individuals who think it is funny. I recently had an almost full-grown squirrel that would eat out of my hand and knew what cars were. Unfortunately he did not know that some people will go out of their way to kill animals. He and several baby squirrels were all killed in a short time in the same area. The speed limit is 30 mph, and it is right after a curve near a narrow bridge. There is no reason to ever hit a squirrel or any other animal at this location without doing so intentionally.

There are also children that play in this area. Let's stop this senseless killing, speeding and careless behavior before it is more than an animal.

CAROL POOLE, Jackson