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  • ODOT will remove dead deer from state roads

  • I read Mark Freeman's Nov. 10 story about this being the worst time of year for deer as far as getting killed by automobiles. I guess Mr. Freeman was right, because I just found a dead deer on the shoulder of the road in front of my home.
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  • I read Mark Freeman's Nov. 10 story about this being the worst time of year for deer as far as getting killed by automobiles. I guess Mr. Freeman was right, because I just found a dead deer on the shoulder of the road in front of my home.
    Because the deer was killed crossing a busy highway, I thought a crew might come pick up its remains. But it's been several days, and the carcass is still there. The neighbors are wondering what I'm going to do about it. I'm sure hoping you can help me.
    — Jan T., Rogue River
    First, let us all take a brief moment of silence in memory of dead Bambi. Poor thing. We can't imagine that getting smacked by a semi — or even a Honda Civic — is a good way to go.
    But the good news is we at Since You Asked Road Kill Removal Central can help you, Jan.
    Assuming the deer is on state highway property. (Or even county property, for that matter.)
    We called Oregon Department of Transportation spokesperson Gary Leaming to see whether he could clear up this (no pun intended) mess. Leaming said if the deer met its maker on one of our many state highways, or even on 1-5, the agency to call is ODOT, at 541-858-3103.
    We called that number and were told that if you call and provide the location of the deceased, including which side of the road and perhaps some other directions, someone would come out and take Bambi away.
    If the deer met its end on county land, then you'll need to call the county at 541-774-8184, Leaming said.
    One last thing: If a deer (bear, raccoon, possum etc.) gets hit by a car and manages to stagger off the highway, freeway or county property, and wanders onto your property before it heads off to that great forest in the sky, you're on your own.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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