Deer Crossing RoadsDeer travel the trails of their ancestors years after these trails have been disrupted by roads, fences and private property. The time of day, season and weather play a role in their routine as they are creatures of habit. With the growth and development that Placer County has seen in the past few years this construction has played havoc with the deer’s ability to reach water, fields and wooded sanctuaries. They frequently cross our roads to reach grazing areas or reach their young. Early morning hours and dusk to dawn are times where one will see the largest numbers of deer crossing the roadways. While deer recognize the immediate threat of an animal or human predator and will run for safety they do not understand the threat of a fast moving vehicle. Honking horns do not register as a danger signal to any wild animal. They do not comprehend that the sound is coming from the moving vehicle but instead interpret them as just sounds in the air. The deer will often stop in the middle of the road to focus on the confusing sounds.
A loved family pet when allow roam fields and neighborhoods especially after dark often go on a rampage of destruction. Their canine instinct urges them to join others forming a pack which will become predators to a passing fawn or deer. After the chase a dog often loses interest and will abandon a mortally wounded deer. Although a fawn may appear to have a superficial wound the damage may be fatal. The terror of the chase and capture will cause the animal to go into shock, which is nature’s way of numbing the animal from a painful death. Often dogs shake a fawn which causes air pockets under the skin and can end up in a slow painful death. Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue receives numerous fawns in early spring and summer that have been seriously injured by these attacks. Please contain you dogs in a fenced yard or run and do not allow them to roam.
Wrought Iron Fencing
While wrought iron fencing can be a beautiful addition to any home it can also pose a serious problem for deer. Fawns following their mothers can not yet jump over a fence so they will try to squeeze between the bars of a wrought iron fence. Their shoulders are narrower than their hips so it is easy for them to get stuck half way. Fawns do not understand reverse so they will continue to push forward. This can cause serious injuries and paralysis. One effective way to mitigate this event is to install a 2 foot wide, tight-weave wire fencing material with mesh no larger than a maximum of 2”X4” to the bottom of the wrought iron fence. This will discourage a fawn from attempting to go through. Sharply pointed wrought iron posts are an even more serious threat to deer. When attempting to clear a fence the deer may impale itself on the point. This most certainly leads to a slow and agonizing death of the deer. There are decorative railings that can be installed along the top line of these fences to prevent such accidents.