Authorities in Ford County, Illinois were concerned about the number of deer vs. car collisions in 2015 — nearly three dozen. Apparently, the animals apparently have no fear of passing vehicles.
The solution? The Ford County Highway Department posted a new sign reading, “SUICIDAL DEER.”
The Paxton Record reports that the idea was born of similar signs Button Township Highway Commissioner Ron Hilligoss had heard about in Colorado.
So far, they’ve only got the one sign in Ford County, but it’s paying off: Not a single car has had a run-in with a deer yet this year. “It’s just nice to see something that constantly reminds you that there are deer running out there,” Hilligoss told the paper. “If you ask anybody where a deer crossing sign is, they couldn’t tell you, but they know where that one is at.”
Hilligoss had one caveat about the new sign before he orders more, however. “I’m just waiting to see who puts bullet holes in it or steals it.”