BONNY BUT DEADLY
Polly Pullar’s exposé on deer and traffic [Road Kill, April 2017] left me feeling a mixture of sadness and frustration. Clearly something needs to change, but it’s difficult to see quite what that could be. Reducing the speed at which cars drive on roads such as the A82 is difficult, and speed isn’t everything anyway (or the average speed cameras would have led to a decline in accidents, which they haven’t). Finding a way to keep deer off the roads is equally challenging.
I couldn’t quite believe how many animals, as well as humans get injured. I travel with my daughter through Glencoe to visit family and while I know the exact spot you pictured, I’m pleased to say that we’ve never hit a deer, although I had one very near miss in the dark on the A9. Perhaps it’s because I’m with my young daughter that I’m extra cautious on the roads but sadly there are always going to be some people who drive so recklessly that they have no time to take action if a deer crosses the road.
Hopefully Polly’s piece will make people aware of how beautiful yet deadly these creatures can be. Andrew Mann, Fife