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It’s the time of year to watch out for deer

October 14, 2012

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Two deer graze recently north of town. As the weather cools, the rutting season heats up, and deer are more active along the roads. Drivers should be especially alert for deer movement in the early morning and evening hours.

Two deer graze recently north of town. As the weather cools, the rutting season heats up, and deer are more active along the roads. Drivers should be especially alert for deer movement in the early morning and evening hours.

Love is in the autumnal air for Kansas deer.

It’s mating season: perhaps a good time for our woodland friends, but a serious danger for drivers who may come across them on the road.

Last year, 200 car vs. deer accidents occurred in Douglas County, according to statistics from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Statewide, two people were killed and 297 injured in accidents involving deer. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies have responded to 76 accidents so far this year.

Compiled from information provided by Kimberly Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Transportation, and Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s office spokesman, here are some tips to help you avoid accidents and to respond appropriately if one happens.

• Be on the lookout, especially where you see deer-crossing signs, but know that deer can be pretty much anywhere. They particularly like wooded areas with water supplies.

• Deer are particularly active around dawn and dusk and usually travel in groups. So if you see one, expect to see others.

• Don’t swerve to avoid a deer. Qualls said that the most serious deer-related accidents happen when drivers try to avoid a deer coming onto the road; drivers can easily lose control of the car.

• If you can’t avoid a collision, brake firmly, hold the steering wheel straight and stay in your lane.

• Report any accidents to 911 and, if possible, stay in your car until help arrives.

Comments

riverdrifter 1 year, 9 months ago

Whoa, Nellie, dig the brush pile on the dude in the distance to the right. Just dumped this camera today and noticed it. I really like these photo-infra-red pics in half light, BTW.

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DillonBarnes 1 year, 9 months ago

Don't think you're immune in town. There are quite a few deer on West Campus.

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brutus 1 year, 9 months ago

I've seen one at 9th and New York.

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JJE007 1 year, 9 months ago

I've seen MANY from 12th St. along Brook Creek Park.

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Ace Cleaning 1 year, 9 months ago

Poached Deer Meat Tastes the Best ;)

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fearthephog512 1 year, 9 months ago

You're so cool. When I grow up, I want to be just like you.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 9 months ago

Weaver’s Department Store on Massachusetts Street needs to drive more carefully! A deer crashed right through the window a bit over two years ago:

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 9 months ago

I do the best I can each year to keep them from "SHOWING UP IN YOUR HEADLIGHTS"

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kernal 1 year, 9 months ago

Ron, that deer that jumped through Weaver's window wasn't the first downtown. One also went through one of the windows at the Round Corner drug years ago at 8th & Mass.

I've seen them all over the areas bounded by Iowa, Wakarusa, 6th St. and 19th St. Plenty of coyotes out there, too, looking for those succulent stray Meadowbrook cats that students leave behind as well as the other neighborhood pets.

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Lauren714 1 year, 9 months ago

I thought I saw a deer on the side of the road tonight but as I got closer it was a cougar!! :-O It was crazy! It was right by the big yellow water tower on farmers turnpike

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