Deer Out of Hand - Still
If we aren't mistaken, deer season is right around the corner, and according to this report in the Tribune, these four footed terrorists are sending more and more "suicide" missions our way and are increasingly likely to kill their targets:
- The number of people killed in vehicle accidents involving deer on Illinois highways hit a high last year, even as the number of accidents declined, state transportation officials said Thursday.
- Eight of the 11 fatalities in 2005, up from 6 the year before, were either drivers or passengers on motorcycles, according to new Illinois Department of Transportation statistics.
- Cook County led the state with 995 deer versus vehicle accidents last year, resulting in 61 injuries. Lake, Will, Kane and McHenry Counties ranked 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, respectively, with 516, 509, 501 and 447 accidents resulting in 24, 26, 15, and 14 injuries. DuPage County was far down the list with 231 accidents, nine of which resulted in injuries.
Evidently, deer have decided to target motorcyclists as "soft targets." And it's not really a big surprise that in the area where gun laws are the most restrictive (Cook County), deer "attacks" are the most brazen. We desperately need a deer culling in Cook County - just the other day, we had to resort to launching golf balls at 20 or more deer blocking our path to the 3rd green at a nearby golf course. This is becoming intolerable.