Michigan State Police posted a stunning video to their Twitter account on Thursday, Sept. 22 to refresh followers’ recollections on the right way to keep away from deer whereas driving.
MSP Fifth District Trooper Anderson reportedly caught dashcam footage of three deer sprinting throughout a street at night time and narrowly avoiding a sedan that was driving in entrance of the police cruiser. One deer specifically pulled an acrobatic stunt to flee a head-on collision. In a transfer of athletic excellence, the deer leapt straight excessive of the automotive, carefully resembling one in all Santa’s trusty reindeer or Free Willy escaping his holding pond.
Fall has arrived,🍁with that comes the notorious enhance of 🦌crossings. Watch right here as Tpr. Anderson encounters a small herd & makes use of fast braking to keep away from contact.
Reminder: If deer cross your path – apply managed braking; steer straight; don’t swerve. pic.twitter.com/5NtQ6KBe5o
— MSP Fifth District (@MspSouthwestMI) September 22, 2022
One other deer ran out in entrance of Trooper Anderson’s automobile, however the officer braked in a managed method and didn’t swerve-which is how drivers are supposed to reply when a deer out of the blue runs in entrance of their automobiles. Within the feedback under the video, MSP Fifth District confirmed this occurred off of Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph, which is within the southwestern a part of the state on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Berrien County and the encircling space is known for having little or no public entry for searching floor. It’s a suburban area with the thirteenth highest inhabitants density within the state, falling behind the Detroit/Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids areas. These elements mix for an elevated chance of deer-human interactions and vehicular collisions.
Municipalities throughout the nation are weighing the right way to deal with rising city deer populations. Some have allotted city deer tags to space hunters. Others have chosen to experiment with contraceptive injections. Euthanasia can be on the desk in some locations. In Michigan Deer Administration Unit 311, the deer inhabitants elevated as of 2020, and hunter harvest is taken into account the principle administration instrument.
“Crop harm complaints have risen over the past three years, as have deer automobile collisions,” the DMU 311 description reads. “We suggest a rise in antlerless tags with the intention to stabilize the deer inhabitants…we additionally suggest that early antlerless season be open. Our objective is to stabilize the deer inhabitants to keep up high quality hunter alternative and stop additional enhance in human-deer conflicts.”