Earlier this week, was underway, this weekend and next, to track the movement of deer along the Interstate 280 corridor, and to put tracking collars on several of the deer.
The purpose of the study, which is being conducted by biologists from the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and UC Davis, is to protect the regional deer population by reducing collisions between motorists and deer along the highway. The study is funded by Caltrans.
A similar study was and was met by , while others thought it was money well spent to protect both the deer and motorists.
Here are of the few comments that appeared in a December 1, 2011 Patch article:
"Why? We all know the roads taken by deer. They are creatures of habit and follow their established routes. Keep the deer trails open! This is needless agony for the deer. Is this another budget item that needs to be spent? There are better ways to utilize the money."
"There just is no way to make all the people happy all of the time. This is obviously a plan to show that Cal-trans is being sensitive to the needs of the deer as well as the safety of the public. It costs money to clean up the dead deer, and Cal-trans is then sued by a motorist or their family for the damages or death."
Hal (second comment):
"Will someone tell the CHP to stop this silly project? The CHP can spend that time writing speeding tickets on 280."
"You wouldn't be saying this is a waste of time if you had hit one on 280 going 65mph, totalling your car, ending you and the passengers in the hospital for days, with a very dead deer (traffic breaks done to clear the deer also causes rear-end collisions by inattentive drivers).
Reality Check commented:
"Many years ago, I recall a horrible crash in which someone swerving to avoid a deer on Page Mill Road near 280 crossed over and hit another car head on. Both drivers were killed. The deer ran off unscathed."
Deer tracking and collaring will be performed during the weekends of July 21 and 22, and also July 28 and 29 from the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday).
Have you noticed any improvements in the deer population along Interstate 280 since the December study? Do you think the study is a wise use of Caltrans funds? Tell us in today's poll, and as always, your comments are welcome too.