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There was a farmer in our county killed some years ago by a dear. They’re nothing to scoff at. The bigger the game, the more dangerous it can be. Lucky for this fellow he made it out in one piece.
That’s deer. 🙂
I’m sure he was though, despite the, y’know, homicide…
I’ve heard that deer kill more Americans every year than any animal above the level of bacteria, but I think that is mainly due to contributing to auto accidents.
In these parts when the deer are active it’s like driving through a mine field. My parents hit a deer several years ago, could have killed them. I think I know more people who have hit or come close to hitting deer than I know who haven’t. So it wouldn’t surprise me if the reason is auto accidents.
Are there that many more deer in some parts of the US than in Canada? It seems to me that up here we hear more about people being killed by bear, mad dogs (pit-bulls), occasionally coyotes, but not that many deer – and moose – including collisions,balthough it does happen from time to time. Do your roads have signs, like we do, in areas where deer crossings could happen? Do people pay attention to the signs, or wait until they are faced with a deer before they try to slow down? Just curious…
I don’t know about deer, but there are definitely fewer people and cars in Canada than in the US. Wiki reports about a million annual deer vehicle collisions in the US resulting in about 200 or so annual human deaths. That compares to about 30 or so annual deaths from all types of domestic dogs. Deaths by coyote, cougar, bear or shark are very rare, which is probably why they get more publicity. And yes we have deer crossing signs and a lot of people pay them little or no attention.
I live in the US and my area has plenty of deer and no signs. Of course, everyone I know already knows about the deer. The problem is that you never know when one’s going to jump out of the woods.
So a sign would be of some use to people not familiar enough with the area (or wooded areas in general) to know to be on the lookout for deer, but for the most part it would be like those “falling rock” signs you see in places where highways run next to rock faces: Not very helpful if one decides to fall on you.
Deer will also eat meat if it’s readily available, as cracked.com has recently reminded us…