Donna the Deer Lady Learns What Deer Crossing Signs Are ForBy: Sean Patterson - October 22, 2012
DJ’s who take calls on the radio know that there are a lot of misinformed people in the world. Most of the time, the crazy ranting consists of childish political screeds or conspiracy theories, but every once in a while a truly memorable call comes along.
Enter Donna the Deer Lady. The morning show hosts of Fargo, North Dakota’s Y94 radio station were left gobsmacked when a woman called in to complain about deer crossing signs on the highway. The woman seems to think that deer look for deer crossing signs when attempting to cross the road.
“My frustration is that Minessota and North Dakota departments of transportation would allow these deer crossings to be in such high-traffic areas,” said Donna. “I mean, I’ve even seen them on the interstates. Why are we encouraging deer to cross at the interstate? I don’t get it…”
The DJ then explains to her what most of us realized when we were children – that Deer crossing signs are warnings for people, not signals for deer. The woman then decides to double-down on her argument, stating that deer crossing signs are placed to let deer know where to cross roads. She states that the signs should be moved to roads with less traffic.
The way I see it, there are three possibilities here. The first is that Donna is simply a bit slow, and she truly believed what she was saying. The second is that Donna was under the influence of some type of mind-altering substance at the time of the call, and wasn’t thinking about things clearly. The third is that Donna is an expert troll wasting her powers trolling a Fargo radio station.
It turns out that the first possibility is probably the correct one. Y94 conducted a follow-up interview with Donna in which she states she feels “incredibly stupid” now. She now realizes the true purpose of deer crossing signs, and blamed her ignorance on the fact that she had never actually thought about the purpose of the signs.