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Friday, November 04, 2005

Colliding with deer

Via Capitolfax, the blog, a press release from the Illinois Department of Transportation warns motorists about the dangers of deer crossing the roads and highways, especially at this time of year:

In 2004 there were 23,438 deer-vehicle accidents reported in the state, down 9% from 25,660 the year before, according to preliminary statistics compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

My youngest daughter and her friend hit a deer in rural Sangamon County earlier tonight. Both kids are fine. No word yet the vehicle. Or the deer.

I recall one November night, several years ago, driving south on I-55 just outside of Bloomington. In one couple mile stretch, I spotted more than one deer, a racoon, and a fox. It was like a veritable zoo out there. Thankfully, I didn't hit any of them. But, I was amazed at how the deer, particularly a rather large buck, slowly sauntered across the highway.

Posted by Marie at November 4, 2005 12:36 AM

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Glad to hear they're both OK.

A deer ran right in front of my car last night. I managed to stop in time.

Posted by: rich miller at November 4, 2005 11:40 AM

Glad everyone is OK. My son hit a deer last Thanksgiving in his(my) car. It hopped right out in front of him. Not a whole lot of damage but enough to total his(my) car.
K-

Posted by: Kem White at November 4, 2005 1:02 PM

I ran over a squirrel last week, and almost hit a cat yesterday.

Of course on the serious side, I'm happy to hear that your family members are o.k. from their encounter with the deer.

They were here long before the "Indian", the "White Man", roads, and automobiles. So it's not them, it's just the risk we take when we drive fast on dark roads this time of year.

JP

Posted by: jeromeprophet at November 4, 2005 3:05 PM

Hey, it was just Michigan Car-Deer Crash Safety Awareness Month.

Yes, they've been around longer than we have. But we've fairly efficiently removed other predators from the deer equation, and the reasons we're talking about all these deer encounters now is 1)there are more of us and 2)there are a s***load more deer than there were a couple human generations ago. I have to say the romance I once associated with seeing a (then-scarce) deer springing away across the fields at dusk is a little dulled by the experience of going to the local recycling center in the middle of the day and encountering deer in the parking lot that stand and stare at you. (Also, out here in California this fall, we've had several episodes of deer going on the offensive, including a homeowner who was gored and killed by a buck).

Posted by: Dan at November 5, 2005 10:36 AM

Testing.

Posted by: Marie at November 8, 2005 1:38 AM

Testing one more time.

Posted by: Marie at November 8, 2005 1:40 AM