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Deer are far from invisible

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Without responding either way to Roger Venton's suggestions regarding deer, if I may borrow from his phrasing in his Nov. 27 letter, Targeting the deer, what is taking the City of Winnipeg, the conservation branch and Manitoba Public Insurance so long to realize that the best and safest way to reduce deer collisions within the city is to declare drivers 100 per cent at fault and require payment of the deductible and preferably a hefty surcharge? Then maybe more people would be encouraged to learn to drive.

Please explain how anyone can drive down a wide-open, straight thoroughfare such as Wilkes Avenue, which is lit up like daylight from one end to the other, and not see a deer. Here's a novel idea: Pay attention, drive to the conditions, slow down and actually watch for deer in known areas.

Even on a dark, rural highway, experienced rural drivers will constantly scan the ditches for eye-shine. Yes, it does take some effort. The deer issue in Winnipeg is a many-faceted concern, but when it comes to collisions, prudent driving would go a long way to reducing the spiralling costs to the taxpayer.

KATHARINE SCHULZ

Winnipeg

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Re: Targeting the deer (Letters, Nov. 27). Everyone should have attached to the front bumper of their vehicles an item known as a deer whistle.

I had one on my last vehicle and never once had a close encounter with a deer. That whistle just sends them back into the bush and you get away clear. I found it to be a great rig.

IAN C. THOMSON

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 2, 2013 A10

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