Imagine this. You are driving north on I-75 in Atlanta, heading toward the I-285 Perimeter, when you see two white tailed deer along the side of the road, less than 20 from the southbound lanes.
This really did happen, to me, last weekend.
My dad and I were heading to the Silver Comet Trail for a bike ride when I saw those two deer, near Mt. Paran Road, in the Buckhead neighborhood. While many would be very happy to see that, my thought was more on how many people they might kill.
It goes without saying that people fear predators. They can kill us and would gladly use us for their next meal if given the chance. Look at that we have done to wolf, bear, and shark populations because of that fear. (The picture is from a Boston lawyer's blog post about a deer attack on a jogger.)
You would be surprised at how few humans these predators kill in a year. This number pales in comparison to what herbivores kill, and especially deer, because we have killed all the predators that might otherwise keep their numbers in check.