Too Many Deer: Another One Bites the Dust

I passed another dead deer on New Hackensack Rd while hauling groceries home:

Deer Collision - roadkill - New Hackensack Rd - 2021-09-08
Deer Collision – roadkill – New Hackensack Rd – 2021-09-08

The next day I walked past the other side of the collision at the corner gas station’s dead car collection:

Deer Collision - front end damage
Deer Collision – front end damage

A closer look at that nice rounded dent links the two contestants:

Deer Collision - front end damage - deer hair detail
Deer Collision – front end damage – deer hair detail

The impact didn’t blow the airbags, so maybe the car isn’t a total loss, despite extensive front end damage and some scrap metal inside the engine compartment.

As far as I can tell, Vassar College has been holding a deer cull every January, but taking out a few dozen deer definitely hasn’t eliminated the road hazard. If the folks objecting to the cull set up a fund to help drivers damaged by the objects of their affection, it’d demonstrate their understanding of the problem.

5 thoughts on “Too Many Deer: Another One Bites the Dust

    1. About half the states allow picking up fresh road kill for personal consumption. Hunting forums have state specific rules.

  1. Deer are like larger squirrels. Long-legged rats with good PR. Somewhat destructive and also big enough to be potentially dangerous (bucks, anyway). Our community herd has grown from a dozen to several dozen over the past 5 or 10 years and this spring we seem to have half a dozen bucks in attendance some with 8 or more points. Fortunately, counter to the stereotype, deer are not one of the things that are bigger in Texas.

    1. “potentially dangerous”

      An injured bleeding moose accompanied by drunk hunters. Get the dash cam rolling…

      “Kaavilainen gourmet-kerho lähiliha-lahdissa” (“A local gourmet club in quest of organic meat”)

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