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Watch out for deer and elk!

Sheriff reports animal collisions on the rise

by TERRY SMITH

With four vehicle collisions with deer or elk in Blaine County within a week’s time, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning drivers to be on the lookout for large animals on the road.

Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Monday that only the animals were injured in the collisions, but vehicle damage exceeded $1,500 in each instance.

“This is the time of the year when they’re migrating,” Ramsey said. “We definitely need to slow down and pay attention. They’re on the move.”

Deer and elk crossings seem especially prevalent on state Highway 75 both north and south of its intersection with East Fork Road. Large flashing signs warn both northbound and southbound drivers of the potential hazard, but two animals were hit recently in the area anyway.

The first accident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. on Sept. 26 when a deer was struck in the Ohio Gulch area south of East Fork Road. About 9:20 p.m. on the same day, an elk was hit near milepost 123 just north of East Fork Road.

About 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, another deer was struck near milepost 118 north of Bellevue.

The fourth collision occurred the morning of Monday, Oct. 1, when a deer was hit about 12:15 a.m. on U.S. Highway 20 near Rock Creek about six miles west of Timmerman Junction.

“It seems like this time of year with hunting started, there’s pressure on them and they’re coming down,” Ramsey said.

 


 

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com



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