Have you ever been driving down the road and see one of these signs and then all of sudden thought – “How do ‘they’ decide to put a DEER CROSSING SIGN here & just who decides??!”
Believe it or not deer and or elk crossing signs are actually placed in specific locations deemed as high risk by the State DOT & DNR agencies. Data is collected from many sources including detailed notes from callers who have had a deer strike.
Additionally, the DOT receives information from local law enforcement regarding every collision responded to due to wildlife.
Unfortunately, since deer are rarely ever seen near a signed area, drivers tend to increasingly ignore the warnings. Contrary to popular belief, these warning signs, once installed at a location, have a pre-determined removal or renewal date. They are not a permanent fixture.
Notice and take heed, percentages are more likely where you see the warnings posted!