Baby Deer June 2019

A wildlife biologist from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife holds a fawn who had been picked up by two people in 2018; the two thought they would bring the fawn back to their RV park. The fawn was recovered from the RV park, and one of the people involved was warned for wildlife harassment. As officers and wildlife biologists left the area, a doe was seen walking toward the fawn. 

ROSE (roz) n. One of the most beautiful of all flowers, a symbol of fragrance and loveliness. Often given as a sign of appreciation.

RASPBERRY (raz’ber’e) n. A sharp, scornful comment, criticism or rebuke; a derisive, splatting noise, often called the Bronx cheer.

We hereby deliver:

• ROSES to Steve Matthes, the director of the Corvallis Community Band, who will start his 41st season at the podium on Tuesday, when the band kicks off its summertime season at Central Park.

This season will be a little different: Matthes is taking the first steps toward retiring, and the band's board already has hired his successor, Lia Poole, the director of bands at Corvallis High School.

But it's important to Matthes (and the rest of the band) that the transition be smooth and gradual. So, this season, Matthes will conduct three of the Tuesday concerts. Poole will conduct another three, and a variety of guests will direct the band at the remaining shows. The idea is that Poole will assume artistic control of the band by 2022.

It's an exceptionally classy transition, and it helps to ensure that the band will remain a going concern after Matthes finally relinquishes the baton.

It's worth remembering that Matthes doesn't get paid for his labors. He does receive a stipend, but a band member told us the stipend probably doesn't even cover gas expenses. 

We figure the Community Band likely has played some 400 times during Matthes' tenure. If you've sat in Central Park on a warm Tuesday night during any one of those concerts and liked what you heard, you owe him a debt of thanks.

• RASPBERRIES to people who encounter young animals in the wild and decide the best thing to do is to bring it home to take care of it. 

Oh, we know you're well-meaning — but it's the wrong thing to do, and it's against the law as well.

Oregon's deer and elk, and other wildlife species, give birth from May to June. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds you that it's natural for mother animals to leave their young alone for extended periods of time while they go off to feed. That means you should never assume a young animal is orphaned when you see it alone. The mother will return when it's safe to do so — like, for example, when you're not hanging around. 

This advice also applies to fledgling birds, who can appear awkward while they're learning to fly. Just leave them alone, even if they're on the ground; mother birds will feed them, even for days, until they get their wings. 

Removing or capturing an animal from the wild is a violation of state law and could result in fines and even jail time. Every year, Oregon State Police officers issue warnings and citations to people who pick up deer fawns, baby raccoons, coyote pups and other young animals and brought them home.

If you're certain that a young animal has been orphaned, call one of the state's licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers. Or call the nearest Department of Fish and Wildlife office.

A related note: This is the time of year when you're likely to see deer just off the side of the road (or in the road) as you're driving, especially at night. Just a word of caution: If you see one, chances are pretty good that another is nearby. Proceed with caution.

• RASPBERRIES to pet owners who persist in leaving dogs or other animals in closed cars, especially at this time of year. Really, at this point, you would think the word would have gotten out about how quickly vehicle interiors can turn into overheated death traps for those animals, but there's been at least one citation issued this week to an owner who left two dogs in his car. 

• RASPBERRIES to TV talk show host Seth Meyers, for cracking a joke about Oregon that perhaps was too close for comfort. On "Late Night With Seth Meyers" this week, the comic noted a CNN report about how President Donald Trump's re-election campaign was thinking about "attempting to find ways of winning the historically Democratic state of Oregon in 2020." (This is true, by the way.)

And then Meyers cracked: "Well, the first step will be convincing them that it's 2020." As Meyers delivered the punchline, viewers saw a shot of a young man with a thick Portland beard, wearing a white shirt with suspenders and a bow tie and black shorts and standing next to a bicycle. To paraphrase Homer Simpson: It's funny 'cause it's true. (mm)

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