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Steve Farrell  says:

Deer threat to road safety

There are more deer in the UK than at any time since the Ice Age, according to a study highlighting the threat to road safety. Deer populations need to be culled by as much as 60% just to keep numbers stable, according to research by the University of East Anglia. A spokeswoman for the university said: “In the absence of natural...

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preunit

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preunit says:

I had a

haunch you did.

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kl595

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kl595 says:

Nope never ridden through Thetford Forest. As its name suggests its a forest, so I leave it to the forest creatures to populate. Equally, you can ride through the New Forest and hit a horse of ride across Dartmoor and hit a sheep or a pony.

It's not about tree huggers and toffs either but it is about having an understanding  for your natural environment. If humans keep building and expanding towns and building roads which in turn creates islands of wildlife, then it is only a matter of time before they come into conflict with nature. We need to embrace nature and not kill it because it poses, what humans perceive, a threat. 

Do a scientific study to see the impact of deer on the natural landscape by all means but don't use a potential threat to road users as an argument for a cull when there are far greater dangers faced by road users everyday. 

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ExiledRedBaron

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Deer Threat to Road Safety

I've been living in Germany for >30 years. The total number of road accidents involving deer and wild boar is around 250,000 (!!) per year. However the great majority of these accidents occur when it's dark or around dawn. Hence don't ride your bike when it's dark and you'll be OK - I saw one single such incident in the day time in >30 years.....

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snev

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snev says:

kl595

I once did a "Tour" on Dartmoor and hit a "Tor", rode off pretty "Sheepish".

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snev

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snev says:

exiled red baron

"The total number of road accidents involving Red Deer and Wild Boar is around 250000(!!) per year". Fuck me... Germany lets them critters drive?????

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yammy7r

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yammy7r says:

To many humans in this world, lets kill a few million of them.

  Signed Rudolf

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tman39a

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tman39a says:

Why

Locally we have signs to highlight areas where such a wildlife risk exists and I'm sorry but if a motorists doesn't take the sign seriously and drive accordingly then they deserve to be in an accident. If they do spread diseases then that should be the only reason for a cull of any kind but should only target infected animals.

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superbol

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superbol says:

Yep I can just see it now

A multi million quid unit all kitted out in full elf n safety gear a deer cordinater on £45k ( with company car )all funded by cops budget ( our council tax )and probably no deers keed ofcourse !

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supermario

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supermario says:

Interesting stuff

I've lived in east sussex all my life, ride 11-12000 miles a year, do roughly the same in the van and have spent many many hours mountainbiking on the southdowns, but rarely see deer. I did hit one about 10 years ago in a van, but it wasn't serious and the deer walked away. I know a guy who got lymes disease through mountainbiking. Very nasty, well worth avoiding.

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

Therford Forest

There are many ROADS that criss cross Thetford Forest, INCLUDING main "A" roads.  Unfortunately, deer do "come out of nowhere" so saying you should drive accordingly is not the answer.

In a car, having your front fog lights on helps a little, as they light up the sides of the roads.

I think the main objection is because they are cute, fwuffy animals. But they are no different to sheep, cows and squirrels. They're damned tasty.

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