Is it me or does there seem to be a lot more road kills lately? It has not been limited to just does either, I have seen my fair share of velvet bucks as well lying on the side of the road. One does not usually see this many road kills till the fall and the rut time. Is this just the Cincinnati area or are others seeing the same thing? Does this just emphasize the over abundance of deer in our area and the importance of hunting and conservation?
not good, apparently more people die of deer in the US then by any other animal, scary isn't. So when people say how can you shoot such a defenseless little animal, just remind them that deer are vicious killers :-)
I know when I lived in New Hampshire there were signs posted showing the number of fatalities due to Moose, maybe something like that would change how people thought about deer a little.
I know here the last 2 seasons they have made the firearms season longer and In some spots in MN you can take up to 5 deer. It's not just road kills that we see here with the way the front ends are on these new cars your hearing a lot more where when the deer gets hit, it slides up the hood and throw the front window of the car. If the driver is lucky the deer dies quick but a lot of times the deer lives and starts kicking when in the front seat of the car. In cases kicking the people in the car to death. Sad to say but here we are hearing more and more how people died after hitting a deer.
At the time of posting is when alot of does are giveing birth to fawns. I bet most of those road kills where young bucks. my friend pionted this out to me sevral years ago. the young buck spent last winter with his mother. but when the doe gives birth the buck still wants to hang around. well he is just not wanted any more by his mother. he just gets in the way so she beats him up kicks his butt till he gets the clue that hes not wanted in that home range any more.he may travel up to 20 miles away just to make a new home range. but the young bucks offten get hit by cars along the way because they keep getting chased off by does and other bucks even.
dont forget that deer love salt and most roads are salted to melt the ice and snow. i have watched deer lick the road in spring. does need the salt and minerals to help them produse healthy milk for fawns.
Here in New Hampshire the sprin seems to be the time of most road kills...Early spring deer are moving from there winter yards and looking for food...Often that food is found on the sides of roads and highways that grow grasses earlier then other spots...Late spring we see alot of previous year fawns getting hit, due to the mothers pushing them away, as Sansoo mentioned...Most of the bucks getting hit are during the rut it seems, as they are on the move alot more seeking does...