Text: Izzy Copestake
Or, as it’s been more eloquently put… “romantic notions”…
Motorists in South Wexford have been warned, the deer are horny and unpredictable. It’s once again the time of the year for rutting, and cars driving close by to where the deer are active have been warned to take extra caution when on the roads.
In the October meeting of the Rosslare Municipal, District Councillor Jim Codd informed listeners of the dangers of driving in the area around Johnstown Castle while “sex-crazed deer” roamed the land. He later went on to describe the animal’s “romantic notions” for one another and stated that, while it is a beautiful sight to behold, these creatures are very large and unpredictable at the moment.
“This is the time of year for the deer rut, a time when they have romantic notions about one another, and they are jumping out, left, right, and centre, on the road going out by Johnstown,” says Codd. “They are quite a beautiful sight, but sex-crazed stags are as big as a small horse and I know of one motorist who had to stop to a sudden halt one night while being stared down by a glorious big red stag.”
However, the reason for this warning is also about protecting the animals from harm as well as making sure drivers and pedestrians take extra care for their personal safety. There are four species of deer in Wexford, Red, Fallow, Sika and Muntjac, and approximately 30,000 to 40,000 deer in total in the county, which are some of the highest figures in the country. Codd suggested erecting signs in the area, advising motorists and passersby of what to do if they encounter one of these “sex-crazed stags”.
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