2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
The ADAC would like to reduce the number of game accidents in Lower Saxony. The animals could be kept away from the street with foul-smelling fences.
The ADAC wants to build even more foul-smelling scented fences on the roadsides in Lower Saxony in order to reduce the number of accidents involving wildlife. As the traffic club announced on Monday, there were more than 27,000 game accidents nationwide in 2006. This puts Lower Saxony in third place after Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. In Germany, a total of 220,000 accidents involving deer, deer or wild boar resulted in 2,300 injuries or deaths.
A simple principle keeps animals away
The principle of the scent fences is simple: they are inoculated with a synthetically produced perfume that smells of lynx, bear, wolf and human. Deer and wild boars sense danger and are kept away from the road. In the districts of Uelzen, Soltau-Fallingbostel and Northeim, the number of game accidents due to scented fences has decreased by up to 80 percent, it said.
The ADAC is cooperating with the hunters, the police and the road traffic authorities of the municipalities on the project. In Lower Saxony, eleven such fences have already been set up on particularly dangerous routes, including in the Wolfsburg area and in Celle. You would have to be vaccinated again regularly with the perfume, said Wolfgang Müller from ADAC. This task is usually done by hunters or hunting tenants.
The smell of their enemies irritates the animals, which initially remain unsafe on the roadside. This gives drivers and motorcyclists the chance to see the game early and to slow down. If a deer or stag is already on the road, the experts advise braking, honking and, if necessary, dimming. Under no circumstances should drivers avoid the animal.
Overall, the number of accidents involving wildlife has decreased slightly, according to the automobile club. In 2006, 202,000 deer crashed nationwide. That was 1.5 percent less than in the previous year. (dpa)
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