DMV and DEC warn motorists to watch for deer and moose on or near roadways

Dear Neighbors,
Here is an important advisory re-printed from the DMV website.  Please take care on our roads during this season!

Moose in the road

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and DEC are reminding drivers that deer and moose become more active and are more likely to enter public roadways in the fall.

During the months of October, November, and December, it is breeding season and the animals are more visible. Two-thirds of the crashes between deer and vehicles occur during this three-month span. Motorists should also be alert for moose on roadways in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas this time of year.

Motorists should be aware animals are especially active at dawn and dusk when visibility may be reduced and commuter traffic may be heavy. DEC recommends these precautions motorists can take to reduce the chance of hitting a deer or moose:

  • Decrease speed when you approach deer near roadsides. Deer can “bolt” or change direction at the last minute.
  • If you see a deer go across the road, decrease speed and be careful. Deer travel in groups so expect other deer to follow.
  • Use emergency lights or a headlight signal to warn other drivers when deer are seen on or near the road.
  • Use caution on roadways marked with deer crossing signs.
  • Use extreme caution when driving at dawn or dusk, when animal movement is at its highest and visibility is reduced.

Photo by Bill Richardson

Deer Problems

[Items posted on behalf of residents do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the OFS Executive Board.]

Dear Neighbors,

   I guess we are all concerned about the exploding deer population in our area and the fact that they eat many of our ornamental shrubs and flowers. There is also concern over Lyme disease carried by deer ticks. To set the record straight the tick which carries Lyme is called a deer tick but the deer tick is carried by many other mammals like mice, rabbits, etc. So eliminating the deer from your property does not diminish the threat of Lyme disease.     I have had Lyme disease at least twice and both times before the recent deer population explosion. I carry a pacemaker for the rest of my life as a result. As for the eating of flowers before you hire an archer to kill the deer or put up an expensive eight foot deer fence around your property like my neighbor know that Home Depot carries a product called Deer Off which when sprayed on plants is excellent for ninety days. When I first noticed nibbling on my Hostas this spring I bought the product and sprayed all the flowers. The deer have not touched any of the flowers since and we love to see them eating the apples that have fallen off our apple tree as we have no need for them.  They visit almost every day. By the way the product is non toxic and based on a formula which uses an egg emmulsion. You can also find the recipe on line if you wish to try making it yourself. I sprayed a huge Hosta bed at the TV Historical Society which was devastated last year with the same great results. They haven’t touched the Hostas there since I sprayed. After all they were here before us and why should we deprive our children from seeing these magnificent animals. Also drive slowly in the area and avoid hitting them. A little knowledge of the subject matter goes a long way. Respectfully to those who do not love animals as much as we do. 

The Yantz family. 

[To leave a comment or receive email notifications of new comments click on Replies below.]