Motorists warned of deer risk

Car accidents involving deer are at their highest at this time of year as young roe deer search for their own territories, warns Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Deer-vehicle collisions often peak in May, as juvenile deer are out on their own for the first time. Because of this, SNH, in conjunction with Transport Scotland, are placing warning messages on variable messaging signs on high-risk roads.

Not only are accidents at their highest in May, but there has also been an increase in the number of car accidents involving deer in the lowlands and in and around towns. Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) preliminary 2011 figures show that live deer road casualties have more than doubled since 2006. The Scottish SPCA received reports of 200 casualties in 2006, but received over 450 reports in 2011.