Aggressive Deer Dissuasion: Effective Solutions
Deer and car accidents
Deer are commonly used as an excuse for accidents for
which the driver may be at fault for careless driving. An examination of
accident reports would disclose whether the investigating officer found any
physical evidence at the scene that a deer was involved in the accident.
This is vital information since one of the most commonly cited deer problems
is the number of deer-related vehicle accidents. [Photo: Road kill].
It is known that car-deer collisions (CDC) occur
disproportionately during the winter when the deer are fleeing from hunters.
State game management agencies have even acknowledged this: "Hunters ...will
sometimes flush deer out of their woodland habitat and onto the roadway
officials said" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Insurance actuary statistics show
that CDC increases five-fold coinciding with culling actions or hunting
season, indicating that lethal deer population controls exacerbate the
problem of deer on the roads.
A significant portion of the deer involved in CDC were
found to have been previously wounded (bullet wounds or arrows embedded in
their flesh) by hunters or poachers. If such collisions increase as a result
of deer being pursued by hunters, then hunting or culling is not a suitable
What does decrease deer motor vehicle accidents?
Reflectors have been shown in tests to be highly effective. The Swareflex
wildlife reflector, a roadside-installed system, and the Sav-a-Life deer
alert, a device mounted on a car, are among those found to be very
effective. [To enlarge the photo of the
deer reflector, click in the photo or link]
Trimming brush from the shoulders of roads is one
procedure that can decrease motor vehicle deer accidents. Trimming may be
especially useful in areas where foliage and brush is heavy near, or even
overhanging, many roads. Other procedures include erecting deer crossing
signs since it is known that deer are creatures of habit and tend to cross
in the same location year after year, enforcing or lowering driving speeds,
generally educating the public that dawn and dusk are the most likely times
when deer will be crossing roads, and that sounding the horn will give the
deer an audible signal to avoid.
Deer-proof fencing can be erected at key roadsides where
other methods cannot be applied. Where there are key trouble spots where
accidents occur repeatedly and where conditions do not assure effectiveness
of other methods, brief stretches of deer fencing can be constructed to
deter deer from crossing roads at the most dangerous sites. For example, if
there is a blind curve in a low-lying area where there is an orchard on one
side of the road and a stream on the other, fencing the road can move deer
crossing activity elsewhere along the road where driver visibility is
better. [To enlarge the photo of the
deer fencing, click in the photo or link]
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