Watch out for migrating deer

deer-1When weather turns cold, deer start to migrate.  That can mean tragic highway collisions.  Caltrans sent out a reminder to watch out for the deer and other animals as they go on the move this fall.

Caltrans officials say they put up deer crossing signs and mow vegetation along the sides of the highway to help drivers see the animals.  Caltrans added that biologists from their agency and from Fish and Game continue to study the habits of deer to develop new technology to help avoid highway collisions.

Caltrans suggests some precautions now.  They point out that deer usually travel in packs so if one animal crosses in front of you, others may follow.  Slow down and watch.

Deer are most active at dusk and dawn.  Again, slow down and stay alert.  If you can not avoid an accident, wearing your seatbelt will help prevent injury.

Caltrans says that the yellow, diamond-shaped signs with an image of a deer mark high-traffic areas for deer.  If you do see a deer, brake your vehicle firmly and calmly and stay in your lane.  Some experts also recommend a long blast of the car horn to scare deer off the road.

If you do hit a deer, call emergency services and do not approach the animal.


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4 Responses to Watch out for migrating deer

  1. Wayne Deja October 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Always like to mention this,since three people I know have hit a deer,and having to come across a deer-vehicle accident ALL at the same spot here in Lone Pine…A MAJOR migration area on Horseshoe Meadow Road,on the way up to the Alabama Hills..both 100 yards north and south of the Tuttle Creek campground turn=off.Don’t understand why no signs telling people of this deer crossing.

    • Big Rick O'Brien October 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      Wayne, the county won’t take the time & effort to put one up,but I bet they’d be out there in a heartbeat to REMOVE one if you were to put one up yourself, just like in your (favorite) town of Mammoth. They had the same problem in the spring with bears, remember ?.

    • Eamon October 6, 2011 at 7:58 am #

      Notify Inyo County Public works if you feel signage is warranted

  2. Rob October 5, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Wayne – I’ve never seen so many kamikaze deer. They sure are not a good judge speed and distance. I’ve had two run into the side of my truck.

    Upthecreek’s pension comments must be causing them to commit suicide.


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