Department of Natural Resources Guide to Georgia State Mammals

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.


  1. Nolen Cox says:

    We should be a little more unique, like the Opossum. Pogo the famous Georgia possum is clever and usually found in “the middle of the road” like the Republicans who increased taxes last year and now this year. Pogo; “we have met the enemy and he is us”. Possum for state animal unique and descriptive

    1. Baker says:

      Opossum would be infinitely better…

      Althought I daresay those first graders ain’t got no idea who Pogo is…

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