Posted Wednesday, 22 December 2010 15:18
Winter storms and deer crossing highways could lead to a fatal mix in Utah this winter.
Photo by Ron Stewart
Most of Utah's major roads pass through or travel along ranges deer and elk use in the winter. During the winter, deer and elk can be active throughout the day. But they're most active near dawn and dusk—exactly when visibility is at its worst.
Add in the winter storms passing through Utah, and you end up with a potentially fatal mix for motorists and wildlife. In fact, studies have shown that in some high-use winter range areas, the number of deer killed by cars might be equal to or greater than the number of deer taken by hunters in those same areas during the hunting season!
To lessen the chance that you hit a deer or elk this winter:
Be safe this winter. Slow down and watch for deer and elk. It's better to arrive at your destination a few minutes late than not to arrive at all.
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