to the editor
I read the latest article on cars and local fauna (DEM reported 91 Warwick deer crashes last year). There are a few things that need to be addressed.
Cars and animals are constantly competing for priority. It is a sad reality that so many innocent creatures are killed on America’s roads every year. Most are unavoidable, some are avoidable, but they still happen.
When it comes to local deer populations, accidents can often be avoided with proper equipment. Please enter the deer flute. They are available at auto stores, hardware stores, and online.
They operate at over 30 miles per hour. It emits a frequency similar to that of a dog whistle and is inaudible to the human ear. There are two different pitches that work together to get their attention.
Here is an anecdote. A few years ago, on a Sunday morning about 8:00 am, as he was driving across Jamestown on the 138 toward Newport, his three deer grazed over his right shoulder. I found myself eating. When I drove towards them they looked up…and froze! I’ve never seen that behavior before.
They heard my deer whistle attached to the front bumper of my car.
My guess is they work. It’s strange that the AAA (see DEM report on deer collision) didn’t mention that alternative. As they say, “it’s cheap insurance”.