Authorities believe oncoming traffic may have lead the four deer to jump to their deaths.
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 8, Lt. Steve Sedwick of the Athens County Sheriff’s Department passed an exit lane off of the main highway through the city of Athens, Ohio and saw something laying in the middle of the road.
It turned out to be four somethings.
Upon further examination, Lt. Sedwick found the carcasses of four deer who had seemingly jumped to their deaths from the bridge overpass. Initially, Lt. Sedwick thought that the deer may have been hit by a car. He later told The Athens News:
I checked each and every one of the deer, and there was really no damage, no blood, no fur torn or anything like that to indicate they were hit by a vehicle. The only logical conclusion was that they, all four, jumped off of that bridge, one right after the other. It’s something I’ve never seen before.”
While instances of a deer jumping of a bridge are not unheard of, accounts of several deer doing the same thing from the same location are quite rare. Authorities believe that the deer may have jumped over a barrier to avoid oncoming traffic.
On November 8th, 2012 KBOI in Idaho reported the story of mule deer jumping to their deaths from a bridge in southwestern Idaho. Idaho Fish and Game and the Idaho Department of Transportation even built an underpass back in 2010, in an attempt to give wildlife a safe way to cross the river below the bridge.
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