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Keep an eye on those deer

Posted Monday, August 13, 2007, at 7:35 AM

Oh, deer - literally.

The Associated Press reports a device combining a flashing light and shrill alarm is being tested to see if it can deter deer from crossing roads when headlights are approaching.

An official says the $150 device can detect headlights before the deer.

From my experience -- I've been in two deer accidents in the past 10 years -- the device may work but so many would be needed its cost-effectiveness would be lost.

My first encounter was on Highway 41-A North in an unlit wooded stretch,at night, about a mile north of El Bethel in 1997. A doe and herd of baby deer crossed in front of another car and me. We ended up with five dead deer blocking both sides of the road and damaged cars.

I owned a '96 Camaro at the time. They have somewhat flat, low front ends and one of the deer ended up sliding up the hood and nearly through the windshield.

The other accident occurred about four years ago on Union Street in front of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church -- well inside the Shelbyville city limits -- when a deer ran into the side of my SUV.

I heard a dull thump, then barely got a glimpse of the deer as it took off across the road.

Deer can damage a vehicle more than you'd think. What appeared to be a relatively minor dent ended up doing an extensive amount of damage underneath the fender.

It's deer season again and we'll hear the usual battle of venison lovers and those who enjoy the thrill of the hunt vs. those who think Bambi's cute.

My view's simple. Most of us eat cattle and pigs. Deer are also edible and many, as adults, will attack people.

And they die due to overpopulation if they're not controlled through hunting. So we might as well hunt and enjoy them -- and reduce the chance of accidents.


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I saw two deer friday night in front of the hospital. It was strange seeing them inside the city limits.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 10:10 AM

It may be a lack of water, too much growth, or both, but I've noticed that many deer are running around inside the city limits of our towns more and more. Apparently in Tullahoma, the beasts have decided to have a "zing" about two houses down from mine ... except I live of Hwy 55. Some of them have already been killed in the heavy traffic. Keep an eye out, because they seem to be everywhere this year!

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 8:46 AM

I totally agree with you HorseGentler, I don't hunt, and when I do buy some land (new to the area) I won't allow any hunting on my land. But I applaud those that do hunt and donate their "kills" to charities that feed the homeless and less fortunate. My wife and I have even tossed around the idea of getting us a deer stand to setup so that we can sit up there and take pictures of the wildlife in the area. But I'm not one of these "don't kill the animals" people. Go out, be careful, and if you don't eat what you kill think about finding a charity that will use the meat. I'm sure there are plenty of them out there.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 8:24 AM

I personally don't hunt and anything on my land might as well be on a refuse, because I allow no hunting.

However I do agree that the deer population causes trouble when it gets too large, so therfeore it's a good thing that hunters get to enjoy their sport, somebody gets some good meat on their table and the population is being controlled.

I guess the thing that turns me off about hunting or fishing is when a person kills the animal only for the sport or possibly to have the animal stuffed as a trophy. If you kill it, you should eat it or provide it to someone that needs it to eat.

JMHO,

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 8:08 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.