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Killer deer reek havoc in former Muskogee-Creek heartland

Killer deer reek havoc in former Muskogee-Creek heartland

 

Innocent people are walking their innocent dogs then being stalked and attacked by bloodthirsty deer!

Peachtree City has become one of the most successful planned newtowns in the United States. It currently occupies 25.3 square miles and has a population of over 35,000.  Development started several years before a master plan was created for the town by Richard P. Browne Associates of Columbia, MD in the early 1970s.   POOF’s editor designed its original path system, shortly after returning from Sweden, where he designed a pedestrian community, linked by pedestrian-bike paths.

The early residents of PTC were so proud of the Creek history associated with their locale that the large lake, where the future downtown will be built was named Lake McIntosh . . . named after Creek mikko,  William McIntosh.   An outdoor drama, entitled “The McIntosh Trail,” was created to tell the story of the towns Creek heritage.  McIntosh’s mother, Senoia,  lived immediately south of PTC.  Presumiably,  her son grew up there.  In recent years,  the town of Senoia has become one of the most important film and television centers in the world.

When the Spanish and French first arrived in the Southeast during the 1500s,  White-Tailed Deer were endemic.  They traveled in large herds, which grazed during the daytime in massive artificial pastures, created by the Native peoples by setting fire to undergrowth.   When the Native human population dropped at least 90% due to plagues, much of the landscape began returning to forests.   The great deer herds had to break up and adapt to browsing of less nutritious vegetation. By the middle 1700s, the deerskin trade had wiped out most of the deer population in the Southeast.  What remained were smaller deer, who slept in the daytime and browsed with small family herds at night.   During the past three decades the deer populations in suburban communities in the Southeast has exploded.   Hunting is typically not permitted in these communities, while their preserved natural areas and grass lawns provide safe sanctuaries for deer to graze and browse in the daytime.  Artificial selection is causing the lifestyles of White-tailed Deer to change yet again.

Well . . . the Creeks living where Peachtree City now stands may have been on friendly terms with the United States, but the deer living there now are Red Stick Warriors. During the past two years, they have become very aggressive . . . attacking dogs and coyotes, plus chasing humans. Many residents report being stalked by deer.  They are so frightened that they now carry weapons to protect themselves from killer deer. Don’t believe us?    Watch this news report from Channel 11 in Atlanta.

 

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

2 Comments

  1. garrettlandsurvey@gmail.com'

    Inner Families? HA HA! People love the environment until it comes up and bites them on the rear! Nothing wrong with hunting Bambi under a regulated program.

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  2. Iwg42@hotmail.com'

    Hey Richard
    Most people think “oh look at the cute deer!” They dont realise they are wild animals and can defend themselves. The stalking behavior i have never heard of it may be an adapted behavior, possibly from people feeding them. If you go by Berry College in Rome in the early evening
    the deer herd comes down into the pastures along the main road. They will come right up to the road and cross in traffic showing almost no fear of cars or people, causing multiple accidents. From seeimg the problems from that small area its hard to believe the size of the SE herd and the damage deer cause. People need to allow professional hunters to thin the herd in areas like PTC, and give the meat to the homeless shelters in the area, or sell it to the locals and give the money to a shelter.
    Thanks for your work

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