Deer, several of them unfortunately dead, made quite a few appearances in last week’s blotters, including one being eaten by a coyote.
Here's the run-down:
- On Oct. 5 at 6:14 p.m., officer requests Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps for a car accident with injuries on White Plains Road. A car had struck a deer. The driver refused medical attention however and deer no where to be found.
- On Oct 6. at 9:41 a.m., a passerby informed an officer that a car had just struck a deer, again on White Plains Road. Officer found a dead deer on the grass in front of 120 White Plains Road, this time with no vehicle on the scene. DPW would remove deer.
- On Oct. 8 at 9:03 a.m., on Neperan Road a passerby reported to police seeing a car strike a deer. Police Sergeant could not locate a deer in the area.
- On Oct. 9 at 12:13 a.m., again on White Plains Road a caller reported seeing a coyote eating a dead deer. Officer on scene reported the coyote was gone at the time.
- Finally, on Oct. 11 at 5:34 a.m. on North Broadway a caller reported a dead deer causing a traffic problem in the middle of the roadway. DPW foreman Scott Weaver notified to remove the animal.
Interestingly, deer seem to show up far more frequently in Tarrytown (at least in the police blotters) than they do in Sleepy Hollow.
I asked Tarrytown Police Chief Scott Brown if he had any safety tips to drivers and he offered this handy information, including of course, "slow down":
The primary areas of concern in Tarrytown appear to be on South Broadway between Kraft Foods and Tarryhill Road, Benedict Avenue in the vicinity of Hackley School and Neperan Road between Sunnyside Avenue and Tower Hill Road.
The early morning hours and dusk are the most likely times to encounter deer along the roadside. October-January is the breeding season and the most common time to see deer crossing the roadways particularly adjacent to wooded areas. Deer rarely travel alone.
If you see one there are usually more.
The best prevention is to slow down in areas deer usually congregate. Wear your seatbelt, a collision with a large animal can cause substantial damage and has the potential to eject the driver from the vehicle. Watch for the reflection from their eyes along the roadside, they are unpredictable and quick and may decide to bolt into oncoming traffic. Be prepared to stop but do so with caution to avoid rear-end accidents with other vehicles and swerving into oncoming traffic. Use your horn and flash your bright lights if you encounter a deer that appears to be "frozen" by headlights.
Travel slowly and cautiously through posted deer crossing areas. The signs are posted as a warning to motorists not the deer!