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November 12, 2012

Hundreds of Deer Leaping from Idaho Bridge, Officials Stumped

By Chad Love

Hundreds of deer are leaping to their death from a bridge in Idaho, and officials say they don't know what to do about it.

From this story on ksee24.com:
The frightening scene of hundreds of deer jumping to their deaths off a 120-foot bridge in Idaho is bewildering wildlife officials who are finding themselves at a loss on what to do. With motorists and state officials catching sight of the deers' tragic leap and fall off High Bridge, just east of Boise, witnesses are rallying for some way to prevent their tragic deaths. 

According to the story, the deer are startled by cars while crossing the bridge and jump over the side. In 2010 an underpass was built for the deer in an effort to keep them off the bridge, but apparently deer are still making their way onto the bridge.

Any ideas? Extended cattle guards across each end of the bridge, maybe?

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from Nixstyx wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Move the deer crossing signs to the underpass... obviously.

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from jay wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The deer aren't startled, its just the thought of another 4 years of the Obama administration that gets the best of them.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Hi...

Yes, the cattle guards seem like a sane answer. Meanwhile...free venison...!!

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from Alex Grimaudo wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

This would make a great caption-contest

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from MaxPower wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Video?

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from Robert Dawson wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

KBOI2.com had a video of the bridge story online. The same bridge was used in the Bill Cosby film "Ghost Dad" where a taxi goes off the bridge. The bridge is over the arm of Lucky Peak Reservoir and along a migration route for Mule Deer and Elk.

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from Paul Wilke wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

It's called a FENCE.

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from steelmaster wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Quality deer management? I wouldn't object to a few doe in my area launching off the one and only bridge holding us to land.

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from Matthew Matzek wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

A hiGh fence running down each side of the bridge. Kinda obvious...

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from FishnFast wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Just foot the bill for fencing already and mean while, open it to archery season at both ends

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from Richard Baldwin wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

STEEL MASTER , YOUR PART OF THE PROBLEM , DOE MEAT TASTES JUST LIKE BUCK MEAT , LAST I KNEW YOU COULDN'T EAT THE HORNS , WHEN YOU HAVE TAKEN ENOUGH DOE YOUR BUCKS WILL IMPROVE , BOTH IN WEIGHT AND HORN MASS

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from Sd Deatherage wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

baldie hit the proverbial nail on the head!! The trophy hunters want to holler about QDMA but they don't want to do their part in shooting does. They also don't realize that QDMA only works if you have at least a square mile of land under "your" control. Otherwise the 120" buck you let walk is likely to be shot and eaten by a neighbor.

As far as the bridge, cattle guards on each end of the bridge or a high fence along each side are the only alternatives.

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from Tc505 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

a deer can jump far or it can jump high but neither at the same time. cattle guards are not the answer, all that would do is cause more broken legs and deer/car collisions. the best thing is a couple of fences along that part of the corridor. expensive, yes but well worth the cost to prevent this from happening.

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from Chris Link wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Silly easterners, QDMA doesn't work in Idaho. We don't have overpopulations, and winters manage the herds here, not hunters.
As others have said, that bridge is right on the edge of a huge WMA that is critical deer habitat in the winter. You can literally see thousands of deer and elk in that area in the winter.

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from jay wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The deer aren't startled, its just the thought of another 4 years of the Obama administration that gets the best of them.

+13 Good Comment? | | Report
from Nixstyx wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Move the deer crossing signs to the underpass... obviously.

+9 Good Comment? | | Report
from Paul Wilke wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

It's called a FENCE.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Richard Baldwin wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

STEEL MASTER , YOUR PART OF THE PROBLEM , DOE MEAT TASTES JUST LIKE BUCK MEAT , LAST I KNEW YOU COULDN'T EAT THE HORNS , WHEN YOU HAVE TAKEN ENOUGH DOE YOUR BUCKS WILL IMPROVE , BOTH IN WEIGHT AND HORN MASS

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Alex Grimaudo wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

This would make a great caption-contest

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from MaxPower wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Video?

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from Robert Dawson wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

KBOI2.com had a video of the bridge story online. The same bridge was used in the Bill Cosby film "Ghost Dad" where a taxi goes off the bridge. The bridge is over the arm of Lucky Peak Reservoir and along a migration route for Mule Deer and Elk.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Matthew Matzek wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

A hiGh fence running down each side of the bridge. Kinda obvious...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from FishnFast wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Just foot the bill for fencing already and mean while, open it to archery season at both ends

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sd Deatherage wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

baldie hit the proverbial nail on the head!! The trophy hunters want to holler about QDMA but they don't want to do their part in shooting does. They also don't realize that QDMA only works if you have at least a square mile of land under "your" control. Otherwise the 120" buck you let walk is likely to be shot and eaten by a neighbor.

As far as the bridge, cattle guards on each end of the bridge or a high fence along each side are the only alternatives.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Tc505 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

a deer can jump far or it can jump high but neither at the same time. cattle guards are not the answer, all that would do is cause more broken legs and deer/car collisions. the best thing is a couple of fences along that part of the corridor. expensive, yes but well worth the cost to prevent this from happening.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Chris Link wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Silly easterners, QDMA doesn't work in Idaho. We don't have overpopulations, and winters manage the herds here, not hunters.
As others have said, that bridge is right on the edge of a huge WMA that is critical deer habitat in the winter. You can literally see thousands of deer and elk in that area in the winter.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Hi...

Yes, the cattle guards seem like a sane answer. Meanwhile...free venison...!!

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from steelmaster wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Quality deer management? I wouldn't object to a few doe in my area launching off the one and only bridge holding us to land.

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