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Tarrytown Police: Bad Week for Deer

The Tarrytown police blotters were overrun with dead and wounded deer last week; Chief Brown offers helpful safety tips to motorists in this breeding season.

Deer, several of them unfortunately dead, made quite a few appearances in last week’s blotters, including one being eaten by a coyote.

Here's the run-down:

  • On Oct. 5 at 6:14 p.m., officer requests Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps for a car accident with injuries on White Plains Road. A car had struck a deer. The driver refused medical attention however and deer no where to be found.
  • On Oct 6. at 9:41 a.m., a passerby informed an officer that a car had just struck a deer, again on White Plains Road. Officer found a dead deer on the grass in front of 120 White Plains Road, this time with no vehicle on the scene. DPW would remove deer.
  • On Oct. 8 at 9:03 a.m., on Neperan Road a passerby reported to police seeing a car strike a deer. Police Sergeant could not locate a deer in the area.
  • On Oct. 9 at 12:13 a.m., again on White Plains Road a caller reported seeing a coyote eating a dead deer. Officer on scene reported the coyote was gone at the time.
  • Finally, on Oct. 11 at 5:34 a.m. on North Broadway a caller reported a dead deer causing a traffic problem in the middle of the roadway. DPW foreman Scott Weaver notified to remove the animal.

Interestingly, deer seem to show up far more frequently in Tarrytown (at least in the police blotters) than they do in Sleepy Hollow.

I asked Tarrytown Police Chief Scott Brown if he had any safety tips to drivers and he offered this handy information, including of course, "slow down":

The primary areas of concern in Tarrytown appear to be on South Broadway between Kraft Foods and Tarryhill Road, Benedict Avenue in the vicinity of Hackley School and Neperan Road between Sunnyside Avenue and Tower Hill Road.  

The early morning hours and dusk are the most likely times to encounter deer along the roadside. October-January is the breeding season and the most common time to see deer crossing the roadways particularly adjacent to wooded areas. Deer rarely travel alone.

If you see one there are usually more.  

The best prevention is to slow down in areas deer usually congregate. Wear your seatbelt, a collision with a large animal can cause substantial damage and has the potential to eject the driver from the vehicle. Watch for the reflection from their eyes along the roadside, they are unpredictable and quick and may decide to bolt into oncoming traffic. Be prepared to stop but do so with caution to avoid rear-end accidents with other vehicles and swerving into oncoming traffic. Use your horn and flash your bright lights if you encounter a deer that appears to be "frozen" by headlights.  

Travel slowly and cautiously through posted deer crossing areas. The signs are posted as a warning to motorists not the deer! 

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Patricia October 19, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Really??? You can't even fine a driver for hitting a person if that person runs into the street and into your car, why would you fine someone for hitting a deer that does that? And Carol Ann, congratulations to you for being such a wonderful driver.
John Anderson October 19, 2012 at 03:10 AM
This might be due to fewer hunters. More deer, more food for coyotes.
Frank Vincenti October 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Studies in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley show that coyotes are dependent on deer as a food source, but by no means are deer the attractant for the presence of coyotes in the county, they have shown that because deer are the most abundant large prey animal coyotes utilize them, they have also shown that as in regards to the observation made, coyotes are mostly scavenging deer and not actively hunting them, due to the large instances of road kill and deer being struck by cars, coyotes just wait for the deer to wind up on the side of the road or die in the woods, deer fawns are important for feeding pups in spring and early summer but then become too fast to catch, this is the benefit for having coyotes, they may lower deer strikes by reducing the number of fawns that reach adulthood (many fawns survive though) and may lower the risks of Lyme Disease transmission by reducing the number of potential hosts of ticks in the deer population Frank Vincenti Wild Dog Foundation
Brian Krall October 22, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Carol Ann, I grew up in rural PA. Lancaster County to be exact! I've had a couple unfortunate incidents involving deer in my days. Once a deer came down at me literally from above as she leapt from an embankment in the snow on my left. It was dark and I didn't see the animal until it was bouncing off my grill! As I mentioned, it was snowy and I was taking it easy on the back roads that night. Another time I was on a 6 lane section of I-78 heading eastbound when my wife spotted a frightened deer darting dangerously through the traffic on the westbound side of the highway. It was evening but still light enough that I could see the deer clearly but I couldn't leave my lane left or right because of the other traffic and I certainly wasn't going to jam on my brakes in that situation either! Somehow, incredibly, that deer and I ended up on a disastrous collision course. That was a scary, hair raising moment! Under the circumstances, though, I simply could not avoid hitting him without putting myself and my family at risk. Both of these incidents were sad but unavoidable. I certainly think drivers often take to the roads way too fast around here - you're so correct! - but to categorically state that a driver is clearly traveling too fast or obviously being unsafe if he/she hits a deer therefore should be issued a fine is, I believe, incorrect. I think you probably are a very good driver but I also think you should consider yourself blessed as well!
Brian Krall October 22, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Not only are the feeding grounds for deer herds shrinking and getting sectioned off by developement but strict hunting laws have made it so that the only real curb to the deer population are the cars.

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