Thursday, 10 November 2011 09:16
It's nice to have extra daylight in the morning. But if you're driving in deer country, Daylight Savings Time can be a mixed blessing later in the day.
Does and fawns are the deer most often hit by cars.
Photo by Brent Stettler
As soon as the sun goes down, deer get active and start to feed. Having the sun go down one hour earlier in the evening, when many people are coming home from work or leaving home for the night's activities, can spell trouble.
More information about the number of deer that are killed on Utah's roads will be gained through studies the Division of Wildlife Resources is conducting in cooperation with Utah State University. "The studies will give us better numbers," says Anis Aoude, big game coordinator for the DWR. "But even without solid numbers, we know a lot of deer are killed on Utah's roads every year."
And it's not just the total number of deer that are killed that's concerning. Utah's deer herds contain mostly does and fawns. Unlike the hunting season—when mostly bucks are taken—does and fawns are the deer that are usually killed by vehicles.
"Losing a buck isn't as critical to the overall health of the deer herds," Aoude says. "One buck will breed several does. But every doe that's lost means fewer fawns in the state's herds the next summer."
Fortunately, you can do several things to reduce the chance that you hit a deer while driving:
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