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Drivers told to mind the deer

Car accidents involving deer are at their highest at this time of year as young roe deer search for their own territories, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has warned.

To combat the problem, SNH, in conjunction with the Scottish government agency Transport Scotland, is placing temporary warning messages on high-risk trunk roads across Scotland.

Latest figures from the Scottish SPCA show that live deer road casualties have more than doubled since 2006 ? a rise blamed on the increased number of roe deer, as more green spaces and woodlands are created in central Scotland.

Jamie Hammond, SNH?s deer management officer, said: ?In light of these figures, drivers should be more aware than ever of the risks of deer on our roads. Many people think most accidents with deer occur on remote Highland roads, but more and more this is something that happens around our cities and towns”.

The rest of this article appears in the 23rd May issue of Shooting Times.

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