Brad, I want to tell you I love your show and the topics you tackle.
I hope you never stop doing what you do.
I want to bring up a few points about your deer picture.
is the photo to which Mike refers)
PARK STARVING DEER
Without knowing if
the picture was scanned in by yourself from a film photograph, or
if it is a print or actual file of a digital photograph, I cannot
be certain of what I'm about to point out.
However, I do see several inconsistencies in the picture which lead
me to believe that is "doctored." First, the ribs seem
very prominent, but the stomach area is not withdrawn as it should
be for a starving animal.
Second, the ribs seem to extend a little to far back and be a little
too long for the actual anatomy of the whitetail deer.
Lastly, when I zoom in on the area using Microsoft Photo Editor,
the area of the ribs seems to be very "squared off" a
common sign of digital manipulation. I will attach a few pictures
of my own to illustrate what I mean.
I am very interested in this story and would like to know more about
it, but whatever position I will ultimately take will not be helped
by what I think may be a doctored photograph.
Close-up of rib area,
look how far back they go, how round they are and how round the
stomach area is.
Look how much distance there is between end of the ribs and the
hip area, also note how the last few ribs get progressively shorter.
Note the faint ribs
on the first deer, and no ribs on the second. It took about 30 seconds
to do this and this photo was much sharper in detail. I don't mean
to be skeptical, but......
In the photo which I
received, the sender had aimed a still camera at a TV screen during
a Hollywood Park deer story, had the photo printed, and mailed
it to me. I don't believe it was touched up, but there's no way
to be sure.
What do you think?
Brad, I have raised white-tail deer over 10 years. I am closely
associated w/them daily. I believe the photo is legitimate. The
angle of the deer relative to the camera distorts the rib/stomach
My impression is that this is an older deer. The deer's condition
could be from lack of adequate nutrition, disease, parasites or
a combination of those. The bulge under the jaw could be impacted
food or an infection (or both).
Whatever the cause, if the deer is not treated it will die soon.
If this condition is noted across the deer population in that area
they will have a big die off. This is my personal opinion based
on the photo.
NO last name please. I don't need the local deer haters (aka "idiots")
bothering me. It appears they moved in and are trying to oust the
I am a Hollywood Park resident. The notion that the photo of the
deer you have posted on your website is doctored is hilarious. Who
is that guy that came up with that????? He has lost any credibility
he ever held, which must not have been much. If you knew the girl
that took the photo, you would laugh out loud. The reason she took
the photo off of the TV is because she doesn't know how to print
a still shot from her video footage. The suggestion that she would
know how to perform "DIGITAL MANIPULATION!" ( . . . hold
on, I have to stop laughing . . .) is as ridiculous as suggesting
that I practice brain surgery (I'm not a doctor). I would laugh
harder if this matter wasn't so serious.
Unfortunately, we don't need to doctor photos of our starving deer.
I'd also like to point out that the deer in the photo is not only
starved, but it has the symptoms of what we suspect is poisoning.
Notice the bulge under the chin and the distended stomach (which
your man points out).
I sent you a photo last week of a skinny deer that had been shot
with a pellet or BB. Why don't you post that one too, and let him
dissect that one for us?
Debra, thanks for the
photo. I scanned it for this website, but the BB wound just didn't
show up (although I could discern it with the naked eye). I am
snail-mailing your photos back. Thanks for the effort.