Deer vs vehicle collisions on the rise

Deer-vehicle collisions and the number of people killed or injured in the collisions are on the rise. National Statistics show that, in addition, more people are killed annually in vehicle collisions caused by deer than by any other species of wildlife.Terry Messmer, Utah State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist says results of a recent five-year study conducted by the Jack Berryman Institute at USU on the effects of winter feeding on mule deer in Cache Valley, suggested that wildlife agencies may be underestimating the impact of deer-vehicle collisions on herd productivity.Messmer says with winter approaching and days getting shorter several things happen that cause the risk of hitting deer to rise. Although there is no quick fix, Messmer says experiments conducted with deer fences and elaborate overpasses show they can be very effective although they are costly. The Berryman Institute says the best solutions are for drivers to heed warning signs and reduce speed.

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