questionshave you ever hit a deer or other animal while…

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I once hit a deer that jumped out in front of my car about 1/2 mile from my home. Busted grill, radiator and crumpled hood (didn't do the deer any good either). I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was covered by my comprehensive insurance (i.e, fire/theft/vandalism type coverage) since I did not have collision coverage on the car.

Actually, as often as I see deer on our road I'm surprised there aren't more hit.

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I ran over a turtle once, but it walked away from it. I have hit a couple of birds, but I am happy to say that in my 35 years of driving the biggest thing I have killed in my car is a pigeon. Fortunately there aren't any deer where I live-- there are some pronghorn antelope but they don't come into the settled areas.

edit: I just remembered I hit a very large hawk once in New Mexico right at dawn. I was going about 80 and the hawk was trying to pick up a piece of road kill and waited too long before lifting off. It's wingspan was close to the size of my Chevy 10 passenger Ram van's windshield.

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Thankfully, to my knowledge, no. I had a run in with a deer many, many years ago but I stopped in time. He gave me a "WTF?" look and I gave him a "Well, don't stand in the middle of the road" look and then drove around him.

That could have ended very badly for both of us.

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Never hit a deer -- had several close calls with them.
I did hit a goose after getting our Christmas Tree from the Tree Farm last weekend though! There were a bunch of them that had crossed the road and several more were approaching the road as I was driving by and then all of a sudden one thought he'd be brave and threw his wings up in the air and charged into the side of my truck...not sure what he was thinking...no damage or cleanup required on the truck, but he didn't look so good lying in the road wing still up in the air after that...

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Hit a coyote with a suburban once...it was fun!

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A dog once jumped out of the bushes as I was driving by, got hit by the corner of my bumper, then jumped back into the bushes. I have no idea if he was okay or not. :(

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I've driven that stretch of road in Montana, and many others where the cattle and elk graze next to the road with no fence to slow them down. Never hit one but had plenty of close calls.

Hit my share of dogs, squirels, possums, armadillos, and rattlesnakes. Hopefully I don't have anything else happen.

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@johnnys13: Did your vehicle have an ACME sign on the side?

How about deer hitting me? After several close calls with deer, I saw a herd about to cross ahead and slowed to make a stop. Then a buck (8-point, for those keeping count) stopped, wheeled in my direction, and charged my Chevy Blazer head-on, bashing in the grill. While I was waiting to see whether the dazed buck would live to do something brainless again, I felt another impact. A doe had run at (literally) a breakneck speed against the side of the truck. The buck eventually wandered away, but the doe was dead with a broken neck.

I have deer at my house year round. I'm sure there are other animals that are more brainless, but I've yet to encounter any. Egad. Even my cat gets a laugh out of charging into the ones grazing in the back yard, sending them off in a panic. The same deer. Over and over.

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Growing up in roadkill country it's amazing I never hit a deer, but a deer once hit me. I was going slow because of fog and he managed to run right into the side of the car, then just kept right on going.

The only animal I've ever hit was a rabbit, which was pretty upsetting because I like furry woodland creatures. I've been atoning by taking care of a domestic rabbit for the past 10+ years.

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Twice. Once I saw a deer run out in front of a car in front of us but missed it. Seconds later his buddy came barreling over towards us and JUMPED over my Mustang! Cleared the car and continued to run into a field. I was happy someone was with me because nobody would have believed that one.

The second time I wasn't as lucky. Hit the poor fella and knocked him right out. About two grand in damage to the same Mustang. Called the insurance company and they said it was covered under "An act of God" insurance so my rates wouldn't go up. Good for me, but I did feel bad for the deer.

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I think you are performing an inportant service, spreading the word about the concerns of the woman's views on deer crossing signs!! It is hilarious - we are passing the information along to any willing bodies that walk through our RV resort lodge door!!

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No but I live near a lake and ducks and their baby ducklings cross the street all the time.

I used to bury all the ducks that got hit in my back yard until I ran out of space and my back started to hurt.

So then I bought some duck crossing signs and decided to hang them up before the bend where most of them get hit. For some reason, the city took them down the next day.

I have a picture of the sign while it was on the pole but I couldn't find it within 5 minutes so I gave up.

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Was in a vehicle that hit a Black Bear in the U.P. The car was doing a good 30MPH when we hit it. The bear bounced off the hood, skidded into the ditch a few feet, gave us a pissed off look and ran off into the woods. We assume it survived and is still alive and doing well. The car wasn't as fortunate, only costmetic damage though, hood, fender, bumper. We went to file an accident report at the sherriff's office and he thought we just wanted to a tag so we could harvest the deceased bear.

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The deer always hit me. That way insurance covers it.

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Does it count if...

...I include people texting while walking downtown and walk off the sidewalk into traffic and walk into me on my bicycle? Because that happens AT LEAST once a week.

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Rule of thumb, at night: See reflected eyes: Green. Turn off lights, lay on horn, turn lights back on: Hope deer is gone. Lights seem to freeze and confuse them. Horn on daylight couldn't hurt :>)
My wife had the entire left side of her Honda caved in. Big deer hit on front fender, and rolled down the entire left side.
Son had a deer jump out in front of him on the road to our house. #1 rule: NEVER try to avoid deer. Swerved into ditch, rolled over the Omni and sprung the entire body. Junk

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I was hit by a deer once... I was stopped in the middle of a state road, behind a pickup that had just obliterated a deer.... his car and the deer were both in bad shape, and the road was narrow, so i had no option but to wait or try and turn around.

As i'm mulling this over, i hear a bit of a noise, and them WHAM, the whole car shook.... Bambi was dazed, and like others here, it gave me a wtf look, and then trotted off. Big dent, broken mirror, and a great story were the only results

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I too was hit by a deer a few years ago, a pack jumped out in front of me about 1/2 mile from home, all of them went around my Grand Cherokee, one went right in to the front quarter panel close to my door. I always had a fear of it happening since the odds are so high where I live and when it did it was as bad as I always thought it would be. It was a horrible feeling and I hope to never have to experience it again. The next day one was laying along the road about 500 yards from where we collided so I don't know if the poor thing ran there and died or if a dfferent one did the same thing to somone else.

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While driving down a gravel road I came over a hill and there was a whole string of wild turkeys crossing the road. Looked like the mother was nearly across and there were probably 5 or 6 smaller ones behind. I tried to slow down, but I couldn't slam on the brakes or swerve because there was a bridge over a creek at the bottom of the hill. I pictured my tires locking up and me skidding out of control and off the side of the bank...sploosh... To avoid that fate, I had to stay on course and hit a few of the birdies...poor little guys.

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A turtle. I was going about 1mph. The car slowly lurched over it ._.

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I've never hit a deer (had some close calls) but a deer has ran into the side of my car before. I ran away, so I think it was ok.

I also had a close call with a neighbor's dog, but instead took out their mailbox dodging the dog.

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I've had many close calls since moving to my current location. My wife has hit two since we moved out here (~7 years). Learned after the first one our state requires a police report for a deer strike - though we have yet to figure out how you're supposed to get the deer to fill out it's part.

I have been told by others that if you are driving and a deer is "frozen" in your headlights, to honk your horn at it and it will "unfreeze" and run away. So far, that advice has worked pretty well for me. Of course, it may be partially effective just in giving the deer a little more time while you do that, but I have honked at many and hit none so far.

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Not quite a hit, but very close.
I was in Africa (Tanzania to be precise) last year for a few weeks and we were traveling by bus back to Arusha (3rd largest city) from a remote area on what most of us would consider a two-lane highway and all of a sudden the bus driver just slammed on the brakes -- I look up, and three elephants were crossing the road!

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@sgrman05: Wow, what an adventure! I am so jealous, I really want to go to Africa. The closest I have come to that was when we were on a jeep tour in an animal park and we had to park and wait while a very pregnant zebra crossed the road at leisurely pace.

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Rabbits & squirrels - you couldn't avoid them in my old neighborhood. Was in the passenger seat when a damned crow came through the windshield on my side. That was... horrifying.
I've had the luck to not hit any domestic pets, or large game.

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I once hit a peacock. It was...colorful.

They are notorious for escaping from the local zoo. The road that runs beside the zoo is a narrow two lane road with no shoulder. Just trees. I was on my way to work, doing about 40mph, took the sharp curve in the road and there it was, right in the middle of my lane. Couldn't swerve, couldn't stop...there was nothing I could do.

The best I can describe the impact was " THUMP-POOF!" The front of my jeep was covered in bright feathers and some less attractive bits.

Still feel bad about it to this day.

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We were driving down the road at 70 mph when a bird hit the antenna. The antenna bent back then flipped forward with a twang. Don't know what happened to the bird.

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a chipmunk, countless squirrels, a bird, and unfortunately someones dog that ran out in the country road around 11pm.

I refuse to swerve my car for small animals and risk the lives of my family. I did brake really aggressively for that dog. I got out and checked the tags and called the owners of the dog after I hit him. Luckily he was killed instantly. I picked up the dead dog, placed him in the bed of my truck and met the father at his house. I explained what happened and told him I would transport the dog to the ER vet for whatever type of disposal he wished. He was a kind man and thanked me for calling and offering to transport the dog. He followed me to the ER vet and took over from there.

Just last week, there were 2 cows in AZ that were on I-40W trying to cross. We saw them in plenty of time to slow down drive pass them, but it was interesting to see cows on I-40. We called the the AZ Hwy Patrol and let them know about them.

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In 2003, I was driving from Eureka to San Francisco with my wife and 2 month old daughter...and I hit a deer. Not a small doe or faun, but a big tall deer.

It jumped out from the side of the freeway, and rather than try to swerve, I let off the gas pedal to slow down. Unfortunately, that deer was destined to become road pizza and I hit it broadside at about 55 mph.

Everything seemed to go in slow-motion, and I swear that as I hit it, its head turned to me slightly over the hood, and its eyes looked dead into mine. After the impact, the deer smashed into the ground, bounced slightly up in the air, rolled over once or twice, and then slid for at least 50 feet into the oncoming northbound traffic lanes.

At the nearest gas station, I checked the damage and found that our front bumper was totally smashed in, the grill was totalled, the hood was wrecked, and both headlights were barely hanging on. Our radiator was also leaking, and there was a god-awful smell coming from the engine.

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I forgot to mention that it happened during the day time, and I was driving a SUV.

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So far just small creatures have met their demise at my hand, except for the pheasant that didn't clear my car on I-40.

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@thumperchick: I almost forgot that I took out a squirrel a while back myself. I tried to spare him by taking my foot off the gas but he seemed to want to end it, right there. Stupid rodent ran under my tire and I felt the thud. I didn't brake, but I also was driving closer to the speed limit (35) for that road than what most people do (65) in the same area.

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Thankfully I haven't hit a deer. I'm terrified I might sometime, there are so many around here!

My dads neighborhood is infamous for wild turkeys, and those suckers flat out refuse to get out of the way. Fortunately for them, the speed limit is 30, and most people are going that, so they are able to stop. But then, we just have to wait until they mosey along!

I think I hit a bird and a squirrel once, though I try to avoid them! The squirrel dodged towards my car, and away from it several times before going under the car, didn't hear a thunk or anything, but never saw him again. The bird flew right into me, and I had no where to go, I literally cried about hitting it.

My dad however, hit and killed a feral cat when I was a kid, she had some kittens following behind her, we took all of those little ones home, and fortunately were able to get them calm enough to find homes for all but one. We actually got out and searched the whole area to be sure we didn't miss any kittens.

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I hit all kinds of animals and birds when I had a green car. The birds and animals must have thought it looked like trees or grass. The birds were the worst. They actually flew into the car when it was parked.

The audio of the woman wanting the deer crossing signs moved to a safer area is hilarious. She really thinks moving the signs would force the deer to cross where the signs are located. Unbelievable!

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I hit a deer once. I took some photos for the insurance company. They're not pleasant. Yellow car with blood splattered on the hood. It did about $5000 damage to the car, and the deer was decapitated and thrown into the ditch across the street. Head landed in one spot, body in another. I was told that if it had been an older deer, it probably would have jumped at the last minute. If that had happened, it would have come straight through the windshield.

Pics are here. The headlight housing is thick, tempered glass, and that's probably what decapitated the deer.

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This fall I hit a deer a half a mile from my home during hunting season. Two weeks later I hit a deer again on the same road. I was going a different direction each time so I ended up hitting both sides of my car. It was embarrassing calling my insurance agent the second time. My daughter hit a deer two years ago and I hit a turkey on the same side and needed body work done. It is people like us that put a smile on our auto body repair guy! We live next to a state forest and a national refuge so I am sure there are more issues in our future!