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Dec 7, 2015 2:50 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Video Showing Deer Jumping Hedges, Crashing Into Car In Southampton Demonstrates Need For Caution When Driving

Dec 8, 2015 3:21 PM

Why did the buck cross the road?

To crash into a Jeep—as suggested in a video recorded late last month.

The clip, taken on Mariner Drive in Southampton Village, captures a buck gracefully hurdling over hedges and onto the street, where it then attempts to continue its athleticism by jumping over a moving black Jeep.

But it epically fails and instead, not-so-gracefully, crashes into the side of the vehicle.

After the car stops, however, the animal simply gets up and moves along, galloping into the woods and out of sight. The buck has not appeared to have pressed charges against the driver.

On a more serious note, the recording sparked local wildlife experts to stress the importance of motorists keeping a close eye for animals while driving.

After watching the video Monday, Dell Cullum, a local naturalist and photographer who served as the executive director of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife until September, wrote in an email that the buck was most likely reacting in fear to being enclosed in the hedged-in area nearby. If speed limits everywhere were better enforced, he said, incidents like that could be avoided.

“The deer is stressed as it tries to find safety, with vehicular distractions at every turn. Timing was the culprit of this outcome,” Mr. Cullum stated. “The drivers are almost always speeding and cannot stop in time, while others swerve into trees and die—not because of the deer, but because of speeding and reckless driving.

“Sure, it happens, but it’s clearly an act of nature and not cause for human culling of the deer population,” Mr. Cullum continued. “This animal certainly sustained severe road rash or injuries from vehicle parts. It could even have sustained internal injuries or head trauma, just like a person would. There’s even a chance the animal made it around the corner, or into a nearby yard, and collapsed.”

Mr. Cullum also questioned the nature of the recording, specifically about how the person filming the video came about timing it perfectly. Who recorded the clip was not immediately clear.

“A horn blast could have misdirected the deer and got the motorist’s attention, and possibly caused them to slow down,” Mr. Cullum wrote. “This guy just captures it all without a peep. He didn’t even react when the deer leaped into the side of the Jeep.”

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Wow!!
By MaryGrady (40), on Dec 7, 15 2:59 PM
> "the recording has sparked local wildlife experts
> to stress the importance of motorists keeping
> a close eye for animals while driving."

Or perhaps the importance of a regular deer cull in the area.

> " if speed limits everywhere were better enforced,
> incidents like that could be avoided"

The vehicle in the video does not appear to be traveling at an excessive rate of speed for that area, so Cullum's comments are suspect, especially when he implies ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Dec 7, 15 3:24 PM
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Yes. The deer should have sounded his horn to get the motorist attention to slow him down. LOL
By pcone (28), hampton bays on Dec 7, 15 4:15 PM
“A horn blast could have, [number one,] misdirected the deer and, [number two,] got the motorist’s attention, and possibly caused them to slow down,” Mr. Cullum wrote. “This guy just captures it all without a peep. He didn’t even react when the deer leaped into the side of the Jeep.”

Ridiculous. So in the 2 seconds from the time that deer leaps and then hits the jeep, the person recording could have signaled not only the deer but the driver, who by all ...more
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Dec 7, 15 4:23 PM
An act of nature???? Do we have,packs of wolves on the east end that would naturally keep the herd in check?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Dec 7, 15 5:40 PM
An act of nature???? Do we have packs of wolves on the east end that would naturally keep the deer herd in check?
That would be nature....
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Dec 7, 15 5:42 PM
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Every tailgater should be forced to watch this video over and over....
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Dec 7, 15 5:49 PM
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Google: Deer Triple Axel
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 7, 15 6:51 PM
Habitat on 2 N main st properties have been cleared for new houses, now the homeless dear must move. Maybe a deer park for them?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Dec 7, 15 7:32 PM
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So let me get this straight. This incident was the fault of the driver? Good grief.
By BillWillConn3 (180), Southampton on Dec 7, 15 10:26 PM
A horn blast really???? laughable........
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Dec 8, 15 8:19 AM
Or a shotgun blast! That would do the trick.
By fish head (9), Southampton on Dec 8, 15 1:10 PM
The above clip is:

A. A segment from a new Depends commercial
B. From of the NYS Driver's Safety Course program
C. A demonstration of "runners zone"
D. A preview of the new Jeep, "Deer Tough" ad campaign.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Dec 8, 15 11:01 AM
this cullum guy is an idiot
By BrianWilliams (87), on Dec 8, 15 12:22 PM
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In fairness, the deer isn't that bright either.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Dec 8, 15 1:43 PM
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!! I thought the video was funny until I read the ridiculous statements in the article!!! I agree with everyone's posts - when the deers are running into the sides of stopped cars, it's time for less deer. A LOT less deer. Koyaanisqatsi. Life out of balance. We need more predators, and less deer.
By jperrier (53), Springs on Dec 8, 15 6:33 PM
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I don't mind you all taking shots, and I won't even shoot back, argue, or attempt to convince you otherwise. This was clearly an unavoidable accident and at no fault of the driver. If you had the opportunity to see what I wrote, when I was asked to comment on this video that was sent to me, you would see this article was a bit rearranged, making my comments look, no doubt ridiculous. I'm not going to trash the writer either. Not sure if it'll fit, but here was my actual response. Funny what editing ...more
By EHWIldlife (1), EAST HAMPTON on Dec 9, 15 11:02 AM