Oh, deer. “Donna The Deer Lady,” who called in to the "Morning Playhouse" radio show at Y94 in Fargo, N.D., is the laughingstock of the Internet after she complained that deer crossing signs encourage the animals to travel along highways. Is she for real or is it a hoax?
“The deer crossing sign is there to allow the deer to know that’s where they need to cross. I’m trying to watch out for the deer but … doing 55, 65, how am I supposed to … you can’t brake early quick if the deer is in the crossing area,” “Donna The Deer Lady,” who said she’s been in three car accidents involving deer, told Y94 last month. Video, which you can view below, has been posted to YouTube, where it has gone viral after amassing more than 6.2 million hits as of Monday morning.
“Donna The Deer Lady” believes deer crossings show deer that it is acceptable to cross wherever the signs are posted, although she was told by the Y94 staff that the signs are actually there to caution humans that deer may be crossing in the area.
But is “Donna The Deer Lady” real? Her beliefs are so shocking that some Internet observers believe her call to Y94 was a hoax.
Conservative website The Blaze has the most evidence that points to “Donna The Deer Lady” being a hoax, as it explains here.
However, Y94 insists “Donna The Deer Lady” is real in this clip posted on the radio station’s website.
Hoax or not, Twitter users are cracking up at Donna’s call.
Even former 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is having a laugh at the expense of “Donna The Deer Lady.”
On his Twitter account, Gingrich said the “Donna The Deer Lady” call “may be the funniest interview I ever heard.”
Twitter user @GurrdyGirl said the “Donna The Deer Lady” clip “made my day.”
Additional “Donna The Deer Lady” footage has been posted to Y94’s website.
Donna said she wrote to newspapers and contacted television stations, but her deer crossing reform plan is falling on deaf ears.
“My frustration is that Minnesota and North Dakota Departments of Transportation would allow these deer crossing to be in such high traffic areas. I mean, I’ve even seen them on the interstate. Why are we encouraging deer to cross at the interstate? I don’t get it. That’s such a high traffic area,” she complained to The Morning Playhouse.
“Don’t put deer crossing signs on the interstate or freeways. Put them in lower traffic areas … somewhere where the speed limit is a lot slower. Maybe small towns?” Donna opined.
“I understand that deer are wild animals and they need to travel across the streets occasionally to survive, of course, to find food. But, it seems to me that [it is] so irresponsible of us to allow these deer crossings to be in areas where these deer are so likely to be struck by oncoming traffic,” she said.