Study Aims To Track Car Accidents Involving Deer On I-280 In Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Chances are, just about every Bay Area motorist has seen a dead deer on the highway. But, nobody really knows exactly how many deer end up injured or killed because of a collision with a car.

A new study – a joint effort between UC Davis researchers and the California Department of Fish and Game – aims to track and hopefully reduce the number of times vehicles hit deer on a popular peninsula highway – Interstate 280.

The 18-month, $320,000 study begins in December and is made possible by a federal grant. A handful of deer will be tagged with tracking collars and, ultimately, the researchers hope to identify how, when and where deer are getting onto the roadway.

KCBS’ Martin Lenz Reports:

At the conclusion of the study, researchers will present recommendations to Caltrans for ways to keep deer from finding their way toward moving vehicles.

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