Dead deer along the side of roads in Salmon Region are a common sight.
They are an unfortunate product of our desire to reach our destinations quickly, relatively high deer numbers on agricultural lands and along river corridors, and fragmentation of deer habitat by roads and fences.
Motor vehicle-deer collisions are a common problem throughout the U.S., accounting for millions of dollars of damage as well as human injuries and deaths. These collisions arise from a complex set of circumstances, so there is no simple solution.
What steps can reduce collisions with deer and other wildlife?
- Reduce driving speed or avoid driving at times when deer are more active or more likely to be near roads: at dawn and dusk; during spring and fall migrations in April-May and November-December; and during winter. Research shows the most effective way to reduce collisions is reducing vehicle speed. These steps also reduce fuel costs.
- Stay alert and look for deer and other wildlife along side the road, particularly in areas signed as wildlife crossings. Keep in mind other animals may be following those that already crossed the road.
What are state agencies doing to reduce vehicle-wildlife collisions?