Danger: deer on the roads

Beware of deer on the roads.
Beware of deer on the roads.

CAR accidents involving deer are at their highest at this time of year as young roe deer search for their own territories, warns Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Deer-vehicle collisions often peak in May, as juvenile deer are out on their own for the first time.

Because of this, SNH, in conjunction with Transport Scotland, are placing warnings on messaging signs on high-risk trunk roads across Scotland.

Not only are accidents at their highest in May, but there has also been an increase in the number of car accidents involving deer in and around towns.

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) preliminary 2011 figures show that live deer road casualties have more than doubled since 2006. The Scottish SPCA received reports of 200 casualties in 2006, but received over 450 reports in 2011. This increase is likely due to the increased number of roe deer, as more green spaces and woodlands are created in central Scotland.

Across Scotland, there are more than 7000 deer-related motor vehicle accidents every year, on average causing about 70 human injuries. The economic value of these accidents is £5 million.