Reetje drowns in the river and washes up on the beach at Kraanbaan in Alblasserdam

Alplacerdam – A deer drowned in the river and was washed ashore in Kranban in Alplacerdam on Thursday 12 May 2022. The animal was floating in the North River and was noticed by a local resident. The police, the municipality and the trap coordinator have been notified. At first, the municipality was supposed to get the deer out of the water, but when that didn’t happen after a few hours and the low tide started again, the trap coordinator decided to get the animal out himself.

Until a few years ago, deer were very rare in the placerward. The population has increased significantly in recent years. Not only is this seen and accounted for, but it can also be seen in how often things go wrong in Boulder. In the last period, in particular, on and around N214, deer from Oud-Alblas were run over. In addition, a gazelle recently swam to the Placerdam. The animal ran to Oost-Kinderdijk and was injured there.

William Kennedy is a Wildlife Manager/Hunter Qualified Person in NVWA and Director of WBE Alblasserwaard-West. In the story below, he explains how collisions can be reduced and what to do, for example, when a deer is injured.

Fallen roe goats and pregnant women
The roe breeding cycle is about a year! Mating season, also known as rotis, begins in July. It is a wonderful sight to be seen in beautiful Boulderna. The so called drifting, when goats are chasing goats is a real sight. There are also “battles” between the little bucks and the old to conquer a place and thus get a chance. Driven by hormones, these little goats sometimes act a bit careless and can even cross the road just like that, and looking precisely left and right is not an option.

A simple arithmetic operation gives the result that the elk was born in May and June. Usually two, but sometimes three at the same time. Right now, the Roe goat is very pregnant and she’s cruising around in Boulder.

Keep the dog on a leash
Every year pregnant goats are also heavily hunted down and even attacked by stray dogs. Every dog ​​owner will say “My dog ​​wouldn’t do that!” But what if he doesn’t feel like he’s under an apple for a while? Keep your four-legged friend as forward as possible during this period (May-June). Goats are hunted and often die of stress, run fast across the road, or get caught by this “always cute dog.”

Placerward roe deer numbers
In 2019, more than a hundred placerward deer were observed during a census by Wilderness Management Units, or WBE for short.

collision
In most cases, the game died instantly, but every now and then the trap game coordinator had to get the animal out of its misery. So there are quite a few. What to do in the event of a collision with a wild animal (roe, fox, wild boar, deer, badger)? In the Alblasserwaard, a collision with a wild boar or deer is unlikely, but a deer or fox can certainly occur. Greer spoke here, but not in great numbers.

what should be done?

  • Make sure to get to the side of the road safely
  • Call the police control room immediately at 08844-0900
  • Even if the animal is not lying down, but running.
  • The location of the collision is reported as accurately as possible
    (after hectometer, house number, intersection, GPS coordinates)
  • Keep waiting until the police, animal manager, or… There is a trap game coordinator on site.

The control room summons the Trap Game Coordinator. This person has a special exemption, for example, the relief of the injured part of the suffering along the public road and in built-up areas. If the injured animal escapes, it will almost certainly be injured and possibly die from the injuries. The trap facilitator then has the option to call in specially trained search dogs and supervisors. Together they are looking for a piece of the game. The trap coordinator for the western part of Placerward is Arjan de Kooning and can be reached at 0630410664

What you should not do!

  • Do not drive, you are obligated to report the collision and wait
  • Leave the animal alone, you can put it on the side of the road if you like
  • Don’t call for animal ambulance, they don’t come for a dead animal, and wild animals can rarely be rehabilitated.
  • Do not take the animal with you, according to Section 3.22 of the Nature Conservation Regulations, it is allowed under certain conditions, but it is wise to leave removal to the trap game coordinator.

What happens to a dead animal?
In the Netherlands there are a number of options. The animal is still in such a state that it can be consumed. The assessment is based on a qualified person, often a fisherman with special recognition from the Netherlands Consumer Product and Food Safety Authority (NVWA). If it is not suitable, it will be returned to nature (biomass) in a remote location, out of reach and sight of hikers, so that other animals can eat it again.

Prevention is better .. What should I do with the damage to my vehicle?
To avoid collision, the most important thing is to slow down in the morning and evening twilights. For your own safety, do not swerve or hit the brakes (there may be a vehicle near you that cannot see the animal. Most insurance policies will pay damages to your vehicle if you are insured with a limited airframe or full airframe cover. Third party liability insurance is not Enough alone, there is no liability, the wild animal does not actually belong to anyone, check this with your own insurance, when colliding with a wild animal, even if the deer weighs a maximum of 25 kg.

If you would like to learn more or have any questions, please contact the WBE in your area. Alblasserwaard-west: http://www.wbe-alblasserwaard-west.nl/

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