Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lehighton, Pa, USA
Deer Collission stats, 1 yr in Pa, 19,200!
I was informed three more riders went down locally this past week due to deer, one yesterday was air lifted.
I missed yet another deer two evenings ago, one block from my house, on the only 20 mile ride I was able to do this week....my fifth too close of an encounter with these guys, since I bought the bike.
From what I am seeing, the number of people I know that have been in collisions, I have to believe that number is up significantly from those stats in this link.
Rarely a week goes by I do not see deer crossing, on or nearby a road I am traveling on - any time of day or night. Add to that fox, turkey, groundhog, skunk, one very large turtle (2'+ dia), & turkey vultures to name a few of the creatures in this area to contend with. With two confirmed bird kills with the LT already, glad I have all the plastic as at least some means of protection.
I am someone astounded this is not being addressed by the Game Commission, the Insurance companies, or Pendot. Seems as if it might be a good idea to have an open season, or offer bounties for the deer, using whatever means to cut the herds.
They used to have a team in the Philly area that used night vision and silencers, baited and killed many hundreds of deer in the city, and few even knew about it. Seems we need that sooner than later.
I have not had this many close calls with deer in all my 34 years of driving, combined.