No one can be that stupid, right? A woman called into Y94’s The Morning Playhouse earlier this week to complain about how North Dakota’s new deer crossing signs are encouraging animals to get hurt on the highway. Now, many people are saying that Donna the Deer Lady is a hoax.
There’s no proof that Donna the Deer Lady is a hoax but the internet is pretty skeptical about the clip.
Donna the Deer Lady said:
“My frustration is that Minnesota and North Dakota departments of transportation would allow these deer crossings to be in such high-traffic areas … I mean I’ve even seen them on the interstate. Why are we encouraging deer to cross the interstate? I don’t get it … They can direct their deer population anywhere they want to by moving that deer crossing sign. Why in the world would they place it on the highway or the interstate, you know? I mean, God. The deer crossing sign is there to tell deer that that’s where they need to cross.”
The radio hosts briefly try to explain to Donna the Deer Lady about how deer crossing signs. Donna, however, doesn’t understand and the radio hosts jokingly agree to join her cause.
What do you think? Is Donna The Deer Lady a hoax?
The Blaze points out that Donna The Deer Lady isn’t the first person to worry about the inherit dangers of deer crossing signs. George Carlin famously joked about the little yellow signs, saying: “How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road sign?”
The Blaze reports that a similar story also popped up in a newspaper in 2011 after a driver stuck a deer near a crossing sign. The driver complained that too many deer get hit along that stretch of highway and that it was unsafe to have the deer crossing sign there. He later said that he was joking.
The Youtube clip has been viewed more than 6 million times which means that Y94’s The Morning Playhouse is getting some great publicity. But was it a hoax? Or did the radio show just hit comedic gold with Donna the Deer Lady.
Here’s the video.
The radio has talked to Donna the Deer Lady again. The caller said that she felt “incredibly stupid” for not knowing how deer signs worked.
Donna said: “In my defense, I grew up in a really small North Dakota town.”
Here’s the rest of Donna the Deer Lady’s story.
What do you think? Was this a hoax? Or do some people believe that humans can control the movements of wild populations of deer with road signs?