DEERLY DE-PART-ED YEARLY
This morning's Paper had a feature report on the stag-gering number of Deer that are killed by motorists in Manitoba..10,000 a year!
Of those about 400 Deer are killed right here on the streets of Whateverpeg (pop 700,000).
This caught my attention because this weekend I am heading out to a family gathering in the Sandilands area about 100 Kanadian MileS to the East.
Last year we saw atleast 30 Doe staring into our headlights along the roadside. Drivers must slow down because they are unpredictable.
You especially want to avoid hitting a Moose.
Deer stand about 3 1/2 feet tall and weigh a couple hundred pounds, but a Bull Moose, like my pet Mr Horny, can weigh over 1500 pounds and stand 6'5".
You'd think that they'd be hard to moose?
Moose are the perfect height for going over the hood, through the windshield, and right through what would be left of the occupants.
Do the Math.
1500 lbs @ 100 kpm = Terminal Impact.
Deer seem prone to get caught in the headlights at dusk and dawn and October/November is particularily troublesome because it is the rutting season.
The BUCKS are uberhorny (ok antlered) and the DOES are nervous. So respectively they're both totally pre-occupied with having and avoiding sex...
just like kids in High School.
There is a viral photo on the Interwebs of this Pole-Deer that was supposedly struck by a train and became lodged atop a hydro pole on the outskirts of Whateverpeg.
According to this Guy it could be a hoax because there is no trace of the carcass in the shadow..hmm?
According to a State Farm Insurance report, there were 2.4 million collisions between deer and vehicles in the U.S. between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2009.
I wonder if other countries had similar problems with wildlife and vehicles.
In NSW Australian motorists hit about 23 Kangaroos a day. One report stated that about 6,000 Roos were killed on the highways last year...
my guess is that figure is waaaay higher.
I found some advice for motorists..
"If an encounter with a deer is inevitable, then you should hit the brakes up until the very last second of impact; suddenly releasing the brakes will send the deer propelling into the roadway rather than into your windshield."
Most motorists get injured or killed while trying to avoid hitting the Deer and end up hitting a very unforgiving tree or pole or worse yet, oncoming vehicles.
I've had an ultrasonic Wildlife whistle on the hood of my Van for years, right next to the Twin M2HB .50 cal machine gun.