A recent article titled, Laurie the Moose Lady Puts ‘Heart and Soul’ Into Roadkill, was published by the New York Times, Aug 26, 2016.

In the article which was about harvesting roadkill and sharing it with those who need it, there is this statement
In most of the United States, deer are by far the most likely animals to be hit by a vehicle. State Farm Insurance estimates that more than 1.2 million deer, elk and moose — mostly deer — were struck in 2015 in the United States, with West Virginia being statistically the most dangerous place to be an ungulate crossing the road.

1.2 million ungulates, mostly deer were killed in the US in 2015.
That means at least 1.2 million vehicles in accidents.
No mention of how many of the accidents were fatal (for the passengers).
No mention of how many actual accidents there might have been– considering some of the deer are able to run off, even if they do die shortly thereafter.

The idyllic deer in NE Ann Arbor

June 7, 2016
1:35 pm
Yes, I know this is outside the Ann Arbor city limits, but just…

A few cars in front of me a deer (doe) was hit by a truck. The deer was crossing Plymouth going north. It was hit by a small truck heading east (which later stopped, blocking one lane). The deer was thrown two lanes north into the far right lane (going west) on Plymouth Rd, in front of another car which just managed to stop (and another car after that). When I passed the deer it was down on the ground, head and neck on the road, but the legs were still kicking. One lane in each direction on Plymouth Rd, were blocked.

I did not look to see what damage happened on the truck, nor did I stop to take a picture or video of the downed deer. The driver of the truck was getting out as I passed by, so assuming he was okay.

Didn’t see any fawns near by.

Drivers Beware: The Odds Aren’t In Your Favor

Deer Collisions: State Farm says the odds that U.S. drivers will have a claim from collisions with deer, elk and moose is one out of 169 in 2015, the same as in 2014.The average property damage cost of deer collisions between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013 was $3,414, up 3.3 percent from the year before.

Deer collisions are much more likely to occur during the last three months of the year and in the early evening. More crashes occur in November, the height of the mating and migration season, than any other month.

For the ninth year in a row West Virginia ranked first in deer collisions with odds of one in 44. Montana and Iowa ranked second and third with odds of one in 63 and one in 68. Pennsylvania and South Dakota ranked fourth and fifth with odds of one in 70 and one in 73.

The average cost per claim in the United States was $4,135, a 6 percent increase from 2014 when the average cost per claim was $3,888.

Nearly 10 percent of all deer collisions occurred in Pennsylvania and totaled 126,275 collisions.

Update from Municipal Health Director, CT

December 23, 2015

…..Here in the Nutmeg state, our deer population got out of control, particularly in Fairfield County (next to NYC). We have over 2K auto/deer collisions a year statewide. As a municipal health director, I receive approximately 400 Lyme disease case notifications per year; in a population numbering 20K. This is greater than any other reportable communicable disease. My knees and wrists know all too well the aftermath of Lyme, having contracted it twice. Most of us now carry a tick removal tool on our key chains. Needless to say, we have utter disdain for the Eastern whitetailed deer, the whitefooted mouse and the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis).

Safety and public health issues aside, probably the most devastating is the destruction to the level of browse of woodland undergrowth and the damage to Eastern Connecticut’s agriculture, particularly orchards and nursery stock. The woodland destruction is so extensive that there are no oak, ash, cedar or hickory saplings. The maple/oak woods behind our home is bare of any young trees; thereby allowing the unrestricted growth of brambles … several varieties, each worse than the other. Two years ago, the (hypothesized) insult to the forest ecology from deer overpopulation resulted in no acorns being produced. The deer population density and lack of food resulted in the re-absorption of deer fetuses and numerous starvation deaths. We also saw the introduction of wasting disease. While you may think that the stress on the deer population is a good thing, we also see a marked reduction in coyote, fox, wild turkey, woodland songbirds and predators’ morsels such as white-footed mice and voles. There is no stability. We go from one extreme to the other.

When I was the biological safety officer on Plum Island, we had to dispatch deer because of the threat of disease transmission, particularly foot and mouth disease. However, the more deer that were destroyed, the more swam from the Hamptons to Gardner’s Island to Plum. We spent about $40K annually (out of my budget) on APHIS hunters. I too managed to dispatch a few with my M1 carbine when I was duty officer and had to spend the night on the island. In short, we are harmed more by deer overpopulation than by ISIS.

2014 Deer Vehicle Crashes in Michigan

deer-vehicle accidents

Oakland is the highest rated county for accidents; Washtenaw comes in at #10.

I believe this covers truck, car and motorcycle accidents.
I do not believe this includes deer-bicycle accidents.

What do you think 2015 will bring in terms of numbers?
And of course, it depends on how many are actually reported.

Michigan Car accident reports- 2014


Michigan motorists reported 45,690 vehicle-deer crashes in 2014. As a result of those collisions, 1,072 people were injured and six people were killed. All six of the people killed were motorcycle riders.

Of the 45,879 vehicles involved, 34,791 (75.8%) were passenger cars, 7,977 (17.4%) were pickups, and 1,771 (3.9%) were minivans, vans, or motorhomes. All other vehicle types (including motorcycle, snowmobile, ORV/ATV, large truck, and moped; uncoded and errors are also included) totaled 1,340 (2.9%).

Motor vehicle-deer crashes occurred most often in Michigan’s heavily populated southern counties; Oakland County had the highest number with 1,750 in 2014.

Reality– Jackson cull is reducing deer population

This is a map of 2014 deer crashes in Jackson, MI which HSHV marketing director and others mistakenly say is a hotbed of deer crashes.
The two southwestern-most pins are at Ella Sharp Park, scene of Jackson’s deer culls

Number = 10

Deer crashes 2014 in city of Jackson, Michigan

Ella Sharp Park is also partially in Summit Twp, which clearly does have a major deer collision problem, like our Scio Twp in Washtenaw County, for example.
Here are the deer crashes in Summit in 2014.
No reason that the Ella Sharp Park culls would be expected to solve this problem! Take a look at the map.
Also: Traffic crashes are not the motivator of the Ella Sharp Park culls. Damage to the park ecology is the motivating factor.

Number = 128

Summit Twp Deer Crashes 2014

Claims that the culls in Ella Sharp Park are not reducing the population are false

In comparison:

Vehicle-deer collisions: Ann Arbor, 2014: Number = 51


Washtenaw County, 2014: Number = 952


Deer hit by car on Washtenaw Ave

Sept 2, 2015


From a homeowner near the corner of Sheridan and Washtenaw September 3, 2015

    …. At about 6:35 this morning a policeman rang our doorbell. He told J……. that a large deer had been hit by a vehicle (I assume on Washtenaw). and ran north on Sheridan and collapsed in the street outside our driveway. He dragged the buck onto our lawn to get it out of the bus lane (# 14 bus). He said that he had called for a pick-up. I have no information about the vehicle that apparently hit the deer.

    I ran out with J…’s camera and got a good picture of the then dead buck. We assume it’s in the camera’s removable memory chip. Neither of us knows how to put the image file into a computer for printing or e-mail distribution. a good caption might be: “This is what the HSUS might regard as a humane death.”

    There is dried-up blood on the street under where the deer was. It will probably be washed away by rain.

    At about 7:30 a.m. the man in the blue pickup was struggling to get the heavy animal up a ramp into the bed of his truck. It was obviously very heavy, almost too heavy for the man to get it up the ramp.

This is, at least, the 2nd deer killed on Washtenaw this year, first one also near Washtenaw and Sheridan, but actually died on Washtenaw, with hind portion in the right hand lane, was then pulled off the street into someone’s driveway.