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Post Posted: Jul 11, 2018 6:26 am 
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Here is one review that indicates that deer whistles are not really effective: http://www.deeranddeerhunting.com/articles/deer-news/how-effective-are-deer-whistles-to-avoid-vehicle-collisions .

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Don't waste your money on those deer whistles/horns, whatever you want to call them. I installed them on various vehicles. Still, I managed to hit 2 deer (more like they hit me!) and had a number of near misses. After the last repair, I didn't bother to install any more. Haven't hit a deer since and its been over 7 years (knock on wood!). Try honking your horn with a deer standing directly in front of your car. I guarantee the varmint won't move a muscle. Unless you can find one that sounds like a mountain lion, they're about as effective as turning up the music in your car. Save your money and get a subwoofer instead.


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Great advice, Lionshead! Thank you.

I remember driving home about 2 AM shortly after we moved up here in '79. Worked late, was very tired. The pair of elk in the road at Meyer's Ranch were a whole lot bigger than my little '78 Subaru. They just stared me down. Fortunately the Sub had good brakes, despite the tiny 1600 cc engine.

Pay attention to the side of the road as well as the lane ahead!

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I guess when you are a giant animal like that, you look at cars and thing. Meh! :)

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Lionshead wrote:
Although I won't say that my techniques are absolutely fool-proof, I would humbly offer a few suggestions.

First, if you can avoid driving around dusk and dawn (or at night for that matter) on mountain roads, then do so. I know that sounds corny, but that's when most of the animal activity occurs.

Second, if you, like many, must drive the mountain roads during dusk, dark, or dawn...then give driving your undivided attention. You are probably doing that anyway, but my wife watched a man mow down six deer in broad daylight on 285 near Foxton Road despite her stopping and flashing her lights at him. The driver was apparently doing something more important than driving. Hitting six deer pays hell on your car and if it's an elk, that 800 pound animal may end up through your windshield and kicking like a mule as it dies. A mom and her son were killed in just such a way in Evergreen no too long ago.

Third, when driving I have trained myself to constantly scan the sides of the road along with the road straight ahead. I often see drivers who seem to have tunnel vision and are oblivious to what's going on beyond the lane immediately in front of them. It's rare that large game run right out on the road. Yes, sometimes they do, but more often they are standing on the side of the road waiting to cross. They or their young may not pick the best time to do so.

Fourth, if you see others slowing down or stopping....flashing lights, you should safely slow down or stop and wonder why, and don't just blow by them like the dump truck did me recently on 285 near Crow Hill...nearly crushing the fawn that was trying to follow its mom across the road. He had lots of room to stop, but he chose to blow by me and pass in a no passing zone. He was clearly in a hurry.

Finally, just slow down. Again, I won't suggest that you personally do any of these things, but I've seen ample evidence of all five over the past 23 years or so up here. I moved here to look at the animals, not run them over. But maybe all that is out of style these days. Maybe we are just too busy to care.

My guess is that most of the larger animals hit on the road are hit at night or early by semis who no longer want to deal with I-70. But we could ALL slow down a bit and pay more attention to the road. I'm certain that if we all did, we would see a lot fewer dead animals on our roads.


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Left home early a few weeks ago and saw a horse or elk (it was in a heap) on the side of the road just north of Loaf and Jug...truck that hit is was mangled. No bueno

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We have an orphaned Deer fawn whose Mama was one of the 2 Does hit along Hwy 285 just south of Safeway shopping center. It still has its spots so it is only a few months old yet....

I called DOW to see what could be done to help it as being so close to winter it most likely will not survive. DOW told me the only thing they would do is kill it. :(

So much for the Dept of Parks and Wildlife actually protecting the wild life...

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The fawn has been in the area since last Tuesday eating the grasses. I am surprised it made it up here on the mountain all by itself.

Does anyone know if a young fawn could link up with a deer herd over the winter?

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Would this fawn be one a wildlife re-habber could help?

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DOW only gets involved if an animal is down and cannot get up and is facing imminent death. Deer are resilient. The fawn has been weaned for a few months now and it knows how to browse. When the herds come down, it will join up.

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Slowing down may help


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