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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    Well, CBS5, since you re-issued this story, I’ll re-issue my comment.

    This is one of the top ten dumbest things I’ve ever heard of.

    So the California brain trust is going to track deer for 18 months. To what end? After compiling all of this data, are they going to train the deer to alter their routes to avoid crossing paths with a car? Not possible?

    Maybe they’ll realize the land that was claimed from the wilderness for I-280, encroached upon the deers’ historic habitat and, wanting to be the feel-good environmental stalwarts that they are, use billions of dollars that don’t exist to eradicate I-280 and reconstruct it in a different area where there are no deer. Not feasible? As if there is such an area.

    How about a billion dollar, 12 foot high fence bordering the freeways? Ha!

    Of course California could never learn anything from other states’ wildlife management programs, even though they have much larger deer populations. California is much smarter than every other state, right? What a joke and a waste of money.

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