Singer James ‘Arg’ Argent’s December 17th Tweet told only part of the story:
Guys iv had a serious car crash in Dundee, I am ok and on the way back home to Essex. This has really taught me some things, Love you all! X
Pictures of the blood-spattered, mangled vehicle showed how serious the accident was.
After a performance at Dundee University, Arg, his manager and their driver were heading to the airport. At 5:30 a.m. the road was still shrouded in darkness. Suddenly a deer bounded in front of the vehicle. The driver swerved but could not avoid hitting the deer. A car coming the other way struck it again. Although they could not find it afterward, Argent said they assumed the deer died of its injuries.
7,000 Collisions a Year
The accident made Argent another cipher in Scottish statistics that report 7,000 deer-related collisions every year. In an ironic twist, the country’s push to establish more forested areas and greenbelts has resulted in both lush habitat and killing fields. Biodiversity has increased the number of roe and sika deer. Along with that have come interactions between the deer on one side and vehicles, gardens and pets on the other.
Recent harsh winters have also pushed deer into lower altitudes and into areas where humans run into them, figuratively and literally. So the Scottish parliament enacted new legislation that requires councils to have policies for dealing with wildlife, including culling.
Deer stalking (hunting) has a long tradition in Scotland, but even those who view it as sport are questioning what is happening now in the name of keeping deer numbers in check. Reports by walkers and gamekeepers are raising serious concerns about the way in which culling is being carried out.
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