The frightening scene of hundreds of deer jumping to their deaths off a 120-foot bridge in Idaho is bewildering wildlife officials who are finding themselves at a loss on what to do.
With motorists and state officials catching sight of the deers' tragic leap and fall off High Bridge, just east of Boise, witnesses are rallying for some way to prevent their tragic deaths.
Mr Oneale, a manager with the Idaho Fish and Game believes it’s when the deer are crossing the bridge and are startled by an oncoming car that they take the jump.
'The first thing a deer is going to do is try and get away,' he said. 'They jump over what they think is just into the barrow pit, but it's a 120-foot fall to the river below.'
Hoping to stave off some of these deaths, in 2010 the Fish and Game came together with Idaho's Department of Transportation to build an underpass for the animals.
It leads them directly under highway 21 instead of crossing the bridge.
Fish and Game says the underpass has been successful but with colder weather bringing deer to lower elevations, motorists are pressed to take caution, traveling at slower speeds to not provoke the animals’ leap.
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