Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Cost per deer

The completion and opening of the Highway 50 Deer Bypass tunnel is more than a year old now. This reader is curious as to the cost per deer that have been saved from the slaughter of Highway 50.

There must be some type of tracking, video cameras, something to prove the use of this tunnel, thus justifying the expense of more than $750,000 of tax payer money.

Deer still fall to the bumpers of cars using Highway 50 crossing outside the fenced areas of the bypass. My guess is that no real evidence can be shown to the public from those that pursued this drastic use of public funds, claiming that it would save lives and injury to the public, that any deer have used the tunnel. Thus it is another tax money hole in the ground in El Dorado County by our public officials.

RICHARD CLEMENS
Placerville

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  • sunshineJuly 29, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    Richard, I live near the tunnel of Highway 50. It appears there are less deaths of deer. There are still fatalities but not the number I use to see. A less expensive approach, Deer signs, how simple would that be. At least it would notify the motorist of the danger. Plus cost very little compared to the tunnel. Now I am seeing the carcasses in Cameron Park.

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  • StanSmithJuly 29, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    I've seen Lots of Dead Dear on both sides of the tunnel. Unfortunately, this was a State Highway and Federal Highway funded project. Your government wasting your tax dollars. As one person put it previously, you could have Hired a Limo and hauled the deer a lot cheaper.

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  • MartinJuly 31, 2013 - 12:58 am

    Someone needs to put up a game camera, I would be willing to bet that not a deer has used the tunnel, it is BS as everything else our government decides what is best for the people. I still think that we are at the top of the food chain at least it used to be that way before the environ maniacs decided that the frog and all of it cousins took precedence over the well being of society. Farmers are starving because of an endangered smelt that really isn’t endangered. Loggers are starving because of an owl that is cross breeding with other owls and losing their spots, when is all going to stop??? Animals survive if they are meant to survive, evolution is something that has been here for a long time and there is nothing that they can do to change what is inevitable; the owl has declined 1-2% per year since they removed millions of acres from logging; what does that tell you. If they want to save something save our society from poverty! Open up the lands to exploration, that is the only thing that is going to put our people back to work, the proof is South Dakota’s 3% unemployment.

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  • cookie65July 31, 2013 - 5:42 am

    I have a relative who spends every summer at Mono Village camp ground in Bridgeport. It is heavily occupied with people from southern California during the summer. A lady from LA complained the other day that they should move the deer crossing signs on the road into the place to another location because where they are is a dangerous place for the deer to cross. Left my relative speechless.

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  • MartinJuly 31, 2013 - 8:01 am

    o much of our resources are wasted on studies like the sex of a salamander when they could be spending it on educating the deer population.

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  • NancyAugust 01, 2013 - 8:40 am

    Please, fellow county citizens, brake for wildlife. Some deer are suicidal but if you see an animal in or near the road honk your horn and slow down to avoid it.

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  • AaronAugust 01, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    If one dear uses it and prevents an accident that could have killed someone, say a child, then its well worth it. I'm sure no way to prove it, or ever tell, but it put people to work to stand around and build the thing, guess you could look at that as a positive as well?

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  • MartinAugust 02, 2013 - 6:14 am

    They could of spent that amount of money on a bike lane for some of the country roads; that would save lives.

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