Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is April 17, 2014
home newssports feature opinion fyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » November 15, 2011 » Carbon County News » Daylight Savings and deer - a fatal mix
Published 884 days ago

Daylight Savings and deer - a fatal mix


Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

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.

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:

* While you can hit a deer any time of the day, be especially careful when it's dark. Remember, deer feed actively as soon as the sun goes down.

* Slow down, especially if you're driving at night.

* Instead of looking straight ahead, be aware of what's happening on the edge of the road. That's the area from which a deer can spring into your path.

* Remember that deer usually travel with other deer. If you see one deer, it's likely other deer are just off the edge of the road.

* If you see a deer in the road and realize you can't slow down enough to avoid hitting it, don't swerve. If you swerve at high speed, you might lose control of your vehicle and go off the road. Hitting a deer is better than rolling your car.

* If cars aren't approaching you from the opposite direction, keep your high beams on as much as possible. Having your high beams on will help you see deer at a greater distance.

* If you're traveling on a multi-lane road, travel in the inside lane instead of the outside lane. Traveling in the inside lane will put more distance between you and deer along the side of the road.

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints


Top of Page


 
Web Poll  
March 15, 2014
Now that the Utah State Legislature is done with their regular session how would you rate their performance this year?
Good
Fair
Poor
Don't know
Don't care

View Results


Carbon County News  
November 15, 2011
Recent Local News
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories



Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us