Everybody's Favourite Bambi vs Bikes
shit, poor thing..
did the guy get hurt?
man, this must happen a lot for people to always be getting it on camera
Friday, January 11, 2002
Deer tops list of scary mammals
By DAVE HENDERSON
If asked to name North America's most dangerous mammal, I'm sure most folks would answer --with justification -- the grizzly bear, or maybe the cougar.
Both are indeed very dangerous and readily prey on humans when the opportunity is right. But, statistically, they are pussycats compared to the real "most dangerous."
Consider that there are only about 1,000 grizzlies left in the lower 48 and Ron Mason of Reason Magazine found documentation of just 128 people killed by bears -- black and grizzlies -- in North America in the 20th century.
Mountain lions? Mason's research turned up just 14 deaths in North America as a result of mountain lion attacks in the 20th century.
No, there is a far more common and familiar creature roaming the woods that is far more dangerous than these big predators. Mason says the most dangerous mammal in North America is Bambi.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that white-tailed deer kill around 130 Americans each year simply by causing car accidents. In 1994, deer had their best season on record, causing 211 human deaths in car wrecks.
There are about 1.5 million deer/vehicle collisions annually, resulting in 29,000 human injuries and more than $1 billion in insurance claims in addition to the death toll. Deer also carry the ticks that transmit Lyme disease to about 13,000 people each year. Economic damage to agriculture, timber and landscaping by deer totals more than $1.2 billion a year.
In those terms, the cute little whitetail is Public Enemy No. 1.
It is not news to anyone who lives outside the downtown area in any eastern state that deer populations have been exploding in recent years.
Researchers estimate that prior to the arrival of European settlers, white-tailed deer numbered between 23 and 34 million. By the early 1900s, deer populations hammered by market hunting and loss of habitat had fallen to between 300,000 and 500,000.
In 1900, the passage of the federal Lacey Act, prohibiting interstate traffic in wild game taken in violation of state law, effectively ended market hunting.
At the same time, states like Pennsylvania and Virginia established game commissions that restocked deer and prohibited the hunting of does. Before the arrival of settlers, predators like wolves, bears and cats, along with native hunters, had kept deer populations in check.
Once they were protected, deer populations began to recover, rising to around 27 million animals today. Too many.
Since it was the human sledge hammer that knocked Mother Nature's delicate balance out of whack, it's up to us to manage it now. But how?
Hunters are only borderline effective right now. The population continues to rise at the expense of the ecosystems. In high density areas, deer browsing prevents the regeneration of forests, destroys understory plants and reduces overall species richness.
Several studies also found that deer browsing significantly reduces songbird numbers by destroying their habitats.
Next week, we'll take a look at what can be done about deer overpopulation.
Originally Posted by ZedX7R
It’s Raining Deer
Out-of-control herds, out-of-control solutions.
By James A. Swan, Ph.D., the “Media Watch” columnist for
North American Hunter magazine.
Last July, actor Liam Neeson took his Harley Davidson out for a spin near his upstate New York home. The Academy Award-nominated thespian ended the day at the Sharon Hospital with a broken pelvis and multiple lacerations. Neeson, who played a Jedi knight in the latest edition of Star Wars, was not a victim of the Empire. He collided with a deer.
Not that many years ago, in many parts of the U.S., seeing deer was a rare treat. Today, they are everywhere, causing some serious problems. Insurance companies report more than 500,000 deer-car collisions annually, resulting in about 100 human deaths. Several university studies place the total number of deer hit by cars at 4-to-6 times what is reported.
The average insurance claim for a car-deer collision is $2000. Deer damage to agriculture crops and landscaping costs more than $1 billion a year. Lyme disease, carried by deer-borne ticks, has been reported in 43 states. Deer in Michigan have recently been found with tuberculosis, which can spread to humans. Let us not forget that more people are hurt and killed by deer every year than any other species of North American wild game.
Prior to Columbus, the deer herd was kept in check by predators — wolves, cougars, bobcats, bears, coyotes, and man. Uncontrolled market hunting and loss of habitat caused by the flood of immigrants drastically reduced the original herd. There are three major species of deer in the U.S. — whitetail, primarily east of the Rockies; mule deer in the Plains; and blacktail along the West Coast.
Whitetails, especially, are quick learners and very fertile. Under ideal conditions a whitetail herd can double in a year. Natural predators are gone in most areas. Hunting continues, but the open acreage in traditional hunting areas seems to grow less in size every year. (In some states annual kills by cars and poachers now exceed the legal hunters' bag.) Whitetails have lost their fear of man, moved into farmlands, suburbs and parks. In 1900, the national whitetail herd was about half a million. Today the whitetail herd exceeds 30 million.
rain? whats that!
I used to do graveyard deliveries on the island last summer on the island highway.....it seemed like eveytime I looked, I saw at least 2 deer grazing on the shoulder of the highway, and at least one deer lying on the highway once the sun came up.