Monroe official issues deer tips
MONROE — The town’s animal control officer has issued a warning about avoiding deer on the roads, a few days after there were some incidents in town involving the woodland creature.
Last month, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued a warning that deer and moose activity increases this time of year. This week, Monroe animal control officer Edward Risko posted a missive on his Facebook page also offering tips for deer management.
“If you see a deer crossing the road ahead, slow down immediately and proceed with caution until you are past the crossing point,” the post reads. “Deer usually travel in groups, so if you see one deer, there are likely to be others.”
Other tips include slowing down and blowing the horn with a long blast to frighten deer away, and keeping eyes on the road at all times.
Those who hit a deer are advised to get their car off the road if possible and call the police. Do not touch the animal or get too close, as a wounded deer can cause serious injury. Wait at a safe distance until help arrives.
Last week, there were at least four incidents in Monroe involving deer, according to the weekly animal control report. In one, which took place Oct. 15, the driver of a school bus reported driving on Monroe Turnpike Rte 111 near the intersection of Kettle Creek Lane when without warning a deer entered the roadway and collided with the bus.
According to the report, the deer appeared injured and went down in the street. No damages were reported to the vehicle. The deer recovered and fled back into the tree line prior to officer arrival.
In another incident, on Oct. 14, a man reported he was driving on Moose Hill Road nearing Cross Hill Road when a deer reportedly entered the roadway and ran into his vehicle. The deer then continued running off the street heading east towards St. John Cemetery. Officer searched the area and was unable to locate the scene of the crash or any track leading to the animal.
The other incidents involved the discovery of dead deer in town, including a woman who found a dead deer floating in a fire pond located adjacent to her property at Bridle Path Trail. Officers removed the animal’s remains from the water and transported it to the wildlife feeding site.