Deer Pose Hazard on City Roadways in Autumn

Fall weather and the traditional breeding season will cause deer to be more prevalent along the City’s greenbelt-bordered roadways and Redding Animal Regulation warns motorists to be extra watchful.

Fall is the “rut” or breeding season for deer, causing the males to be less wary than usual. Females also may be more active around roadways, many ofwhich border deer habitat, even within the Redding city limits. These “urban wildlife” areas pose hazards to drivers who may not be able to avoid hitting a deer that jumps into the roadway.

As a reminder, City ordinances prohibit hunting ofdeer or other wild animals within the City limits, even on private property.

Calls to Animal Regulation ofdead or injured deer increase beginning in October, according to Captain Lee Anne Smith, and motorists should be extra cautious until the rut is finished about mid-November. Rain also can increase the hazard, forcing deer from higher wooded areas closer to more urban neighborhoods.

Roads along which deer are especially common include North Market Street (south of Lake Boulevard), Highway 273 near Buenaventura Boulevard, Quartz Hill Road near Benton Drive, South Bonnyview Road near the Sacramento River, and Highway 44 east ofRedding, officers say. Drivers are urged to watch for deer along those areas especially and slow down. Often fawns will trail their mother and emerge unexpectedly onto a roadway.

Should motorists hit a deer or other wildlife, they are urged to call Animal Regulation at 241-2550 immediately and report it with as precise a location as possible. Officers note hitting wildlife is not a crime but that unreported collisions can allow an animal to suffer needlessly. Prompt reporting allows injured animals to be euthanized by officers when necessary. For more information, contact Animal Regulation at 241-2550.

-from press release

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-from press release
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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Donna Dowling says:

    Tell me about it. I was hit by two deer a couple of weeks ago on my way to work. One was in the front of my car. I wasn't going that fast, so I was able to break just in time for that one, but the other one slammed into the passenger side of the car. This all happened at the same time. Loud thump. No serious damage (small dent on the side) but an eyeopener. It's not the time to be daydreaming while driving. I'm terribly guilty about daydreaming while driving at 6 a.m. Now I'm on hyper-alert status and am probably driving too slowly.

  2. Avatar `AJacoby says:

    All those places. …. AND my rose garden!!!

    All the years I've lived in and around the northern Calif. mountains I had to go to the middle of a soy bean field on a six lane divided freeway in Central Illinois to hit a deer. Sure have had some close calls here, though!!