The following is the matrix used by the Department of Natural Resources to convince first-graders to change their original vote for the gray fox as the state mammal, to the apparently more DNR appropriate for some reason, white-tailed deer.
I still don’t get why we went with the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, vanilla, milquetoast, (or insert other blandest food you can imagine) of the animal world versus something a little more exotic or interesting, i.e. a fox or a bear. But that’s just me. I have a feeling the kids would agree with me but I don’t have an easy audience with the first-graders at Reese Road Leadership Academy. Nothing against the deer, I like it just fine, I wouldn’t go as far as the Agriculture Chairman Tom McCall who called it an “aggravating nuisance of an animal,” but if I had my druthers I’d go opossum, fox or bear.