Deer jump to death near Marshfield, DOT looks for solutions
WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) -
A bizarre situation in Wood County is
happening near a construction project, where two deer have recently plunged to
Law enforcement officials say two does jumped off an
over-pass just south of Marshfield and onto new Highway 10, which isn't open.
It's opening later this year.
"We really don't know why, other than
the location. It's close to a forest location where they're used to crossing,"
DOT Project Development Supervisor Shannon Riley said.
DNR officials say the deer were used
to roaming in that area before the road was built and now they may be confused.
And that may put drivers at risk.
The DOT says once the new Highway 10
is open, that's when more dangerous situations could happen.
"That's our main concern right now is
public safety of the traveling public. If you have an object fall on a car, no
matter what it is, it would be very damaging," Riley said.
"Motorists are going to have to pay
attention. Clearly this is an area that deer are used to populating and now
with the construction that's changing," Lt. Shawn Becker with the Wood Co.
Sheriff's Dept. said.
This isn't the first time a deer has
jumped from that bridge. Officials say a prize buck leaped last winter. DOT
officials say they are trying to figure out a solution.
"We're looking into adding fence to
that location, to prevent a deer jumping off the structure," Riley said.
DOT officials say because this is
unique, they aren't sure the fencing changes will be applied anywhere else.