Canvas Sacks May Lead to Fewer Deer-Related Car Crashes
Are canvas bags the solution to fewer deer-related car crashes? Two experts from the Teton Research Institute think so, as Deseret News reports, after conducting an experiment that involved tying white canvas sacks over wildlife reflectors along four Wyoming highways, where deer-car collisions are a frequent problem.
Traditional red reflectors disperse a vehicle’s headlight beams across the road, which alerts wildlife of approaching vehicles. However, the study found that there was 65 percent fewer deer carcasses when the reflectors were covered with white bags. Researchers Corina Riginos and Morgan Graham tested the use of black bags, as well, but found red reflectors were still 32 percent more effective.