Iowa is reminding motorists that deer can’t read after public calls for the signs to be moved to safer locations

You can’t make that up.

If you’ve grown up in the country or anywhere with a rich population of deer, you’ve undoubtedly had to deal with the fear of bumping into one on the road.

In rural parts of the country it’s just a way of life. Unless you, a family member or someone you know has been hit by a deer, most likely resulting in serious damage to their car.

Of course, we’ve all seen those bright yellow signs on the road warning drivers of the increased risk of encountering deer on that particular stretch of road. Long story short, put on those bright ones and keep your head panning… and maybe even slower.

Although some people in Iowa didn’t quite get the memo.

Don’t get me wrong, they saw the animal crossing signs, they just thought they were for… the DEER.

I know, I know… that sounds like fake news, internet prank, but it’s a completely true story.

Apparently a few years ago the Iowa Department of Transportation felt the need to publicly remind and explain to the good people of Iowa that the signs at the deer trail are for the drivers, not the deer. The department was forced to respond after receiving numerous complaints that the state should move Animal Crossing to a “safer location.”

The note read:

“Deer can’t read signs. drivers can. This sign is not intended to tell deer where to cross, but drivers should be aware that deer have been in this area in the past.”

According to Des Moines RegisterIn 2016, 7,163 accidents were reported to law enforcement in the state of Iowa, and Iowa drivers have a 1 in 69 chance of hitting a deer… the fourth highest in the country.

Tyler Harms, wildlife biometrician at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says:

“They move from cover areas to areas where they can find food. They may not need to walk very far from cover to eat, but in other cases they may need to travel longer distances to meet those needs.

Make sure you stay alert and alert when driving and that will help… Don’t drive towards deer.”

Gosh… I shake my freaking head…

Come on, Iowa, be better.

Iowa Trail Cam captures bobcat defending a deer carcass from a coyote

The ancient tail of cat versus dog…

It’s no secret that dogs and cats don’t exactly get along. Of course, there are the exceptions that will melt anyone’s heart when they go viral, but for the most part, you don’t want to mix your German Shepherd and American Shorthair.

And while all animals in the wild have at least some dislike for one another, that rivalry seems to be even more present in the wild, as evidenced by this trail cam video captured in Iowa.

According to a comment from the poster, the deer carcass was run over and the camera was set up to try and capture some cool videos… and boy did they hit the jackpot.

The bobcat finds the deer first and appears to have enjoyed its meal when a noise from behind startles it. Then the video starts.

The coyote appears from the left side of the screen and tries to be sneaky, but the cat’s senses are way too good for that and he immediately starts defending himself, trying to stay between the unwanted visitor and his dinner.

The coyote is nervous, jumping back and forth, seemingly wanting to scare the bobcat away rather than getting into an actual fight. Eventually the bobcat has had enough and drives the shy coyote away for a while. He returns, but by this point it’s clear that the bobcat knows who the dominant one is and seems fairly unfazed by a potential threat the coyote poses.

The video is interrupted, but I think we’ve seen enough to determine who ate well that night and who was hungry…

Score one for the cats.

Bobcat pulls out baby alligator and knocks out Florida Bro

I don’t understand how some people don’t love Florida…

The best beaches in the state, great seafood, tons of nightlife, incredible weather, great sports teams and the absolutely coolest wildlife of any state, hands down.

Sure, you might need to avoid poisoned homeless people on street corners and keep your dogs away from ponds because there’s almost certainly a hungry alligator in there, but hey, every place has its downsides, right?

I lived there for 4 years, believe me it’s everything you think it is and more. Incredible condition.

Back to the coolest wild animals.

Everyone knows alligators are plentiful in the South, but Florida is also home to around 1 million bobcats, which means there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

They mainly eat small game and rodents, but every now and then, given the opportunity, they are not afraid to switch and snag something new.

A Certified Florida Bro in Port Charlotte, Florida captured one of those opportunities when he was taking a break from video games to grab a mango when he was looking into his backyard and saw a bobcat coming very close to the house. Realizing it was after something, he turned on the camera and gave us some of the funniest comments you’ll hear on a nature video set.

Make sure you turn the volume up for this one, it’s a good time.

The alligator goes off with his sword and really takes it to the cat as best he can, but he’s no match for the bobcat at such a young age. Just a few years later, the bobcat would have been a snack for him, but this time it was the other way around.

Stay wild, Florida, stay wild. Iowa is reminding motorists that deer can’t read after public calls for the signs to be moved to safer locations

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