Thursday, September 22, 2011

Deer In The Headlights

Riders Up North speak with fear and dread of deer in the roadway, and with good cause. Motorcyclists die all too often thanks to impetuous deer jumping into the roadway. It's worth remembering it can happen in the Keys too.

One tries to be aware not least because people enjoy cycling around here too, and being shitty to cyclists just isn't cool. Even if they aren't as smart as this one, and use the bicycle path.

Key deer are a small version of common-or-garden white tailed deer that have adapted to the environment of these small rocky islands. They seem to be doing well as they are swimming to neighboring islands and settling on them outside the refuge on Big Pine Key.

And they aren't always easy to see, please note.

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1 comment:

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Conchscooter:

The best way to view a deer is through the crosshairs of a 7 to 12-power scope, mounted on .308 rifle.

And I go well out of my way to accommodate bicyclists on the road, who frequently amaze me by being totally inconsiderate or down-right stupid to the point of having a death wish.

Fondest regards,