Thursday, October 10, 2019

Need for deer signs on local road to be investigated

The road at Dunstown. Pic: Google.
Kildare County Council is to be asked to investigate the need for deer warning signs on the road from Stephenstown to Carnalway, writes Brian Byrne.

In a motion to be discussed at next Wednesday's meeting of the Kildare-Newbridge, Cllr Tracey O'Dwyer will be asking for the signage to be erected 'if deemed appropriate' by the Council.

There is a wild deer herd in the area, often foraging on the land in and around Dunstown Wood.

The road is a long straight one, with typically fast traffic travelling between Naas and Brannockstown and beyond, and it is especially busy at commuting times.

It is estimated that there are around 500 deer-related traffic impact incidents nationally each year, with the majority occurring between October and December, the mating season.

In addition to the possibility of human and animal injury, material damage to vehicles can run into thousands of euro.

Kildare is on the edge of one of Ireland's 'deer hotspots', County Wicklow, as designated by the Forest Service and the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

There are four known species of deer in the wild in Ireland, and their populations have increased by up to a factor of four since 1978, depending on species and location. The Irish Deer Management Forum was established in 2016 to implement deer management policies.

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