Protect Deer From Death on Busy Roads and Highways

Target: Jim Kurth, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Goal: Keep wild deer off of the roads by restoring natural habitats.

A herd of deer committed suicide in a panic by leaping off an Iowa highway bridge, much to the shock and horror of onlookers. A speeding car was coming right toward the herd as they crossed, not bothering to slow down even as another driver advised them to. As a result, the deer leaped straight to their deaths.

This is just one of many consequences of countrywide deforestation and loss of deer habitat. For the past near-decade, the number of wild deer wandering the suburbs and the cities has grown to alarming number, and many of those deer can be found wandering or crossing the streets. Their presence on the road is dangerous to both the deer themselves and the drivers who risk hitting them with their cars. Deer habitats are at an all-time low, and this shocking animal suicide is just one more terrifying reminder.

It is too late to save these particular deer, but countless others can still be protected. We must take stronger measures to keep these animals off of the roads for the sake of everyone’s safety and protection. By providing more green areas, the animals would be drawn away from cities and busy highways. Sign this petition to demand stronger efforts at keeping wild deer safe from highways and drivers.


Dear Director Kurth,

A herd of panicked deer in Iowa recently leaped from a bridge to their deaths in front of horrified onlookers. The herd was crossing a highway at the time, startled by an oncoming car and seemingly unfamiliar with the area. This incident is just one of many consequences of the loss of deer habitat countrywide, especially where the roads are concerned.

Aside from endless efforts to stop deforestation, you must implement stronger methods of protection for the wild deer wandering the cities and suburbs after the loss of their homes. These animals need to be kept off of the roads, as their presence is risky to both the animals themselves and the drivers who risk hitting them and damaging either their cars or themselves. Furthermore, deer are prey animals who are constantly hunted by humans and other species, and the onset of hunting season likely led to this particular herd’s panic. Please ensure that an incident like this does not happen again by protecting deer from the roads.


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Photo Credit: Steven Fine

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  1. It should have already been done! It’s better for us and the animals!

  2. Surely the obvious solution isn’t rocket science?


  4. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    save all deer!

  5. I hope the reg plate number of that speeding car was noted and reported to Police… he should be fined for being irresponsible and driving carelessly in an unusual and potentially dangerous situation. That driver is a moron and should be punished.

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