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06.50 telephone call from coordination central. A
deer has been hit by a car and can not be found.
through morning coffee, getting personal gear together, choosing shotgun and
finally getting the dogs ready with their gear and we're off.
The place for the accident is typical for where a deer would cross the road,
open fields ending in a forest edge with
really dense bushes. The road is
straight all the way across the fields into the bushy area so the speed of
cars could be high. This time a roe-kid came rushing out from the bushes and
tried to cross the road in front of a car.
The driver estimated the speed of the car to
about 70 kph and the accident is inevitable.
The driver had clearly marked the site for the
accident and there were also visible signs of blood and stomach-
the surface of the road. All put together gave a really good indication of where
to start searching.
The marks and stains on the road also shows what kind of
injuries the animal is suffering from,
giving me valuable information on
how to proceed with my part of the work.
Tracking smaller species like this roe is often
fairly easy as the animal often is severely injured. Most likely
it is more or less directly killed due to severe internal injuries and
often found dead close to the accident.
All signs I found gave clear information of the
injuries and in what direction to start my search,
and after a short
while the roe was found dead only a small distance from the road.
Luckily the animal did not suffer this time as the injuries were severe and
most likely instantly fatal.
Although the damages on front of the car were
limited, the result for the animal was devastating.
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