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Dead Deer on Stanley

Original post made by Resident on Oct 11, 2010

I am typically a HUGE fan of our city's animal services division. However, I was horrified today when I drove down Stanley to see 3 dead deer on the side of the road in various places. When I called the business line of the police department, I was told they knew about them, but they won't pick them up becuase they are on county land. The county can take several days to pick them up. Last time, it took over a week.

First off, one was right past the bike park, before Shadow Cliffs. Is that not Pleasanton, or close enough?

Secondly, give me a break. Both Livermore and Pleasanton have animal service departments. There is a several mile space between Livermore and Pleasanton. Can't we come to an agreement to each cover half?

This weekend there was a dead deer and turkey on Vineyard that were no picked up either. Is that county?

This is a political matter and our wildlife suffer from it. I took a different way home from Livermore today so my preschoolers didn't have to see the carnage.

I know they are dead, but what about the next time when one is just injured? Who do we call? Let them sit there for a few days for the county to show up?

Roy - please find a better solution!


Comments (20)

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Hi @resident, sorry to hear about the animals that were hit by cars. You're right, Stanley Boulevard out by Shadowcliffs is not a part of Pleasanton. And there is a part of Vineyard that is in unincorporated Alameda County, too. (You can tell it by the lack of sidewalks.) I'm sure our city staff doesn't spend their time on things that are not located in Pleasanton, especially in these times of tight budgets. You might try calling Alameda County Animal Control at 925-803-7040 and see if they can help.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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I think there was an invasion of the deer population in that part of Pleasanton. There was also a dead deer on the sidewalk along Valley north of the rail overpass, complete with a vulture sitting on the fence looking longingly at it.

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm

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Stacey, I just saw that deer!! Now THAT is definitely Pleasanton!

Posted by Devon, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Oct 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm

We need to have an open season for deer hunting in town to keep the deer population in control. Think about the poor drivers who now have to fix their dented cars and be left with a trauma of killing Bambi. Someone should take those corpse and make pepperoni out of them

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm

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The poor deer are just trying to figure out where to go. Mega mansions now sit where they used to live.

Posted by I'm just saying, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I was going to mention this also, with a go flying down Stanley Blvd. at night, it's very dark, it's not a great idea with more animals coming out on the road. Just slow down and pay a bit more attention.

And's not Obama's fault, nor Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Lincoln, or Washington. It's not the right or the left, not the teachers, police, firemen, or cholo. Did I miss anyone?
Just slow down.

I'm just saying.......

Posted by Christina, a resident of Las Positas
on Oct 12, 2010 at 4:35 am

How in the world is this political, and how does wildlife suffer from this venison not being picked up right away?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 12, 2010 at 7:07 am

The wildlife don't suffer...our community suffers.

As well said by Mahatma Ganhdi : "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"

It's a matter of respect for life and the toll human development takes on the lives of animals. We need to set a better example for our children about the value of life and respect for loss of life.

Maybe we would see less violence.

Remember those great blue banners plastered around town 'Pleasanton : A Community of Character '

Posted by Troublemaker, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 12, 2010 at 8:10 am

It IS political. Those screaming for smaller government, claiming they're taxed enough already, seem to ignore that basic services like animal control are GOVERNMENT entities. You want the service, you pay for it. And that means taxes. You don't want the taxes, you don't get the service.

With limited budgets today, services are being cut back, and that means fewer pickups of the unfortunate wildlife.

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Oct 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

troublemaker---we ARE paying for it already! We just don't want to alos have to pay for animal services union pension plans to give them 110% of their current pay when they retire next year at the age of 50. If you want that move to France (but don't wear your burqa).

Posted by bob123, a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2010 at 8:33 am

Get over it! It is nature running it's cycle. Did you think the Lion King was a pretend movie?

Teach your kids that it is natures way of thinning the herd!

And while you worry about removal and who is responsible-- think about how you vote in Alamaeda County!!

Posted by Don, a resident of Ironwood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

At 6:55PM on Monday night I passed the dead deer on the sidewalk on Valley Ave. I arrived at the Sr. Center and spoke with an officer who was in the parking lot and reported it to her. She was unaware of it but said she would call the proper authorities. Upon returning home I did not see the deer on the sidewalk. It was a very large animal that would take more than one person to handle it. I am sure that the vehicle that it it sustained damage and they should have reported this animal. I agree that we have invaded their land and accidents do happen.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

Someone should drag it to the middle of road, maybe then someone will take care of it. Not my job is too often the cry.

Posted by Devon, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"

Where's the beef?

Posted by CJ, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Pleasanton used to have 2 animal services officers. One retired a couple weeks ago and there are no plans to replace her. The remaining officer, Roy, works his tail off... but is only on-duty Tues-Sat.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

PW, do you not know what a "sky burial" is?

Here, from Wikipedia:

"Sky burial and open cremation may initially appear grotesque for Westerners, especially if they have not reflected on their own burial practice of embalming. For Tibetan Buddhists, sky burial and cremation are templates of instructional teaching on the impermanence of life."

Jhator is considered an act of generosity on the part of the deceased, since the deceased and his/her surviving relatives are providing food to sustain living beings. Generosity and compassion for all beings are important virtues or paramita in Buddhism."

Posted by Mary, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm

There is still a dead deer on the sidewalk on Valley going to Bernal/STanley...

I just came home and it has a twisted neck... shock!!!

Posted by School Backer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm

WAY too much time and space has been consumed over this issue; it is either IN Pleasanton, and thus OUR responsibilitgy, or it is NOT!
If ONLY we'd see more time spent on the things we CAN control, rather than those we cannot, like, for instance, the QUALITY and BACKGROUND and ABILITIES, and sometimes, the hidden AGENDAS, of our City Council Candidates, and School Board Candidates!

Posted by Anne, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I saw that deer on Saturday evening (10/09) when it was in the fast lane on Valley and Boulder. It seemed like it had recently been hit (fresh blood on the street) and I called the PPD non-emergency phone and the officer said she it had already been called in to Animal Control. The following day, I noticed it was pulled onto the sidewalk. It was still there Monday evening -- bloated and gross with maggots! I am disturbed that this carcass has been left for so long!! I recently called twice to the same number (931-5100) to report a dead cat in the slow lane on Santa Rita before Stoneridge. It was upsetting to me that this cat was probably someones pet and I hoped that it would be identified by its markings and the owners would be able to give their cherished pet a proper burial or at least know of its demise. After a couple of days, the cat was still there and flattened to a pancake, when I called it in the second time! This is an unacceptable!! There needs to be a backup person when Roy has a day off!

Posted by Tango, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Someone needs to feed the carrion eaters. I'm sorry for the dead animals, but they do serve a purpose. Hear is a little story. A person drive to work everyday over the sames streets. In the morning he takes a spray can of paint and makes a circle around any kills he sees. On his way home, any road kills that do not have a circle around them, he takes home and cooks them and has a fine meal, Works best in winter.

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