Do you know what the most dangerous animal to mankind is in North America?
Forget your grizzly bears, your killers bees, your scorpions, your rattlesnakes.
According to reports, more people die by running their vehicles into white-tailed deer than by any other interaction with native fauna.
(Yes, the brown stuff is moose stew. I won't show you the "before" picture...).
There just aren’t as many of them.
Central Michigan, where I happen to be this week, is particularly prone. Deer hunting season (no, not with cars) is such a big deal that the first day of that season is often a statutory holiday - nobody shows up for work anyway, so the companies figure they might as well just shut down.
General Motors, whose crash test lab is nearby, is the only car company I've ever seen which has a 'white-tailed deer' crash test. They suspend a canvas bag filled with - well, I don't really want to know what it's filled with; let's assume sawdust - at the height of an adult deer's body (I gather the deer's legs are pretty much irrelevant in a highway-speed crash) and run their cars into it, to see how they do.
(The 'leaping deer' one must be a new sign; no bullet holes in it yet.)
Apologies for the Amurrican spelling...
(BTW, it was very difficult to get a clear photo of this sign. Sometimes, the letters didn’t show up at all when I pushed the button, other times some were legible, others very faded. Anybody know why? Maybe the individual bulbs/LEDs/whatever making up the letters are flickering and the shutter speed was too fast to capture them all? This, the best shot I could get, was actually taken from farther away with more telephoto - any hints there?)
Apparently, deer aren’t the only dangerous thing on Rochester streets. This sign is heading IN to town: