"It's always sad to see animals struck by vehicles, especially if it causes suffering to the animal," said Brian Wolfer, biologist with ODFW.
said wild animals are part of what makes the forested areas around town desireable for homeowners.
And while breathtaking in their natural environment, on the roads, these animals can take your breath away, too: Deer like to cross the roads at dusk and in the dark.
That's a danger for motorists who "overreact and cause a secondary accident trying to avoid the animal, and those can be quite dangerous, too," Wolfer
The risk comes with the real estate in Eugene and Springfield.
"We've been able to do some of our development and housing in and amongst the natural setting, so, when you do that, preserve those natural habitats, you're going to have wildlife that lives there," he
said it's not so much that urban sprawl has pushed people into the wildlife's habitat.
Instead, deer and turkey prefer the company of city folk to, say, coyotes.
"You don't have the same level of predation that you would have in a rural setting," he
"You don't have the hunting seasons.
You don't have some of the other mortality factors influencing the animals."
And people in town are literally feeding the problem, Wolfer
"When people feed the animals, it allows for a higher density than the habitat there should support," he
"My wife's dog got smacked by a doe," Wolfer
"When you have a dow with a young fawn, and a dog comes up and approaches them, she's
looking at it as a potential predator and she
might get aggressive and attack it."
said common sense is the best approach.
"Don't feed the wildlife, watch out for them when you're driving, but leave them alone," he