Road Hazard

Statistics prove that the rut produces the most collisions between deer and cars, but late winter is also a time to be extra alert for deer along roadways. The stress of winter pushes deer to look for browse and grass anywhere possible and road ditches often have lush reserves animals avoid until forced. Deer/car collisions tally around 1.5 million annually with about $1.5 billion in damages. Maybe there's a provision in the stimulus package to cover this expense?
As this first photo shows you also need to be alert to what your car has come in contact with while traveling. Information included in this E-mail states that an elderly couple was traveling on U.S. Highway 264 near Greenville, North Carolina. The couple stopped by a local McDonald's to fill their tanks when someone at the restaurant informed them that not only had they hit a deer, but it was protruding from their car. The gentleman's response was that he "noticed the car was starting to run a little hot the last few miles."
Hitting a 150-pound adolescent buck is one thing, but I'll guarantee you that elderly man wouldn't have missed hitting the critter in the next photo. Reported in Montana this past December, the driver of this Chevy truck hopefully wasn't dreaming of a Dodge Ram. He got a ram anyway. The bighorn ram was on Interstate 90 near Missoula when hit and was dragged more than 200 feet as measured by the game warden that had to document the accident.
Sheep and vehicle collisions are rare because of the smaller population of sheep and their desire to inhabit high country. Regardless, it proves you never know what you'll run into. I'm still waiting to hit a Sasquatch and cash in my lottery ticket…maybe join the circus. Who knows?--Mark Kayser

Late winter is prime time for wildlife/vehicle collisions