This will cost a few bucks

I question the timing. About five months after Sandy and Bambi fought to the death on a lonesome Oklahoma two-lane, the Oklahoman comes up with a piece on deer/auto collisions.

Things I didn’t know:

  • October and November are the prime months for such things around here, inasmuch as it’s mating season.
  • Nationwide there are about 1.5 million accidents involving deer, resulting in $1.1 billion in damage. (This works out to $733 per incident, a figure at which I wince: my insurance adjuster told me they just stopped counting at six thousand.)
  • So-called “deer whistles,” which are supposed to repel the critters, don’t.

I may buy one of those whistles anyway, since friends swear by them; but I’ll pass it off as a tiger whistle.

“But there aren’t any tigers for ten thousand miles!”

“See how well it works?”


  1. Dan »

    4 November 2006 · 10:25 am

    I have personally seen multiple tigers within ten miles of your house. And lions, but no bears, oh my.

    Unlikely they would end up on the road, regardless.

  2. hatless in hattiesburg »

    4 November 2006 · 2:27 pm

    i have a couple of distant relatives that claim the deer whistles work. i’m not terribly inclined to believe them, but 1) they are a lot cheaper than even one insurance payment, and 2) they couldn’t hurt.

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