In the article on "The Trouble With Bambi", by Ralph H. Lutts, that we have to read for Friday Lutt mentions a references to Bambi in the conflict about the deer population in Massachusetts and New England. This reference makes a lot of sense if you are from the Boston/New England area and have this issue constantly discussed in your local news. The above article has a reference to Bambi from the Boston globe that claims to be showing the "true nature" of the of Bambi, or deer. I mostly found this interesting because the image of Bambi as the cute, tame, creature has led people to believe they are nothing more that stuffed animals for us to pet, and then are shocked when they are injured. Our society's conception of animals is molded by cartoons, books, and zoos and the true nature of wild animals seems to have been lost. This only becomes a problem when there is an incident such as the tiger attack this winter in San Francisco. How do you successfully teach children to love and protect animals and still instill an amount of respect of their wild nature to protect both the animals and people? As "The Bambi Syndrome" points out our concept, as a society, of deer is often primarily shaped by the movie Bambi, but how much has it shaped out concept of all animals outside the hunting sphere, and our interaction with them?