Making deer glow to prevent cars from hitting them

Trains are even worse. The big ore trains from Kiruna to Narvik can only turn on the windshield vipers if a herd of reindeer are on the track.


OK but what about wolves with wi-fi probably reading this?

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Also a fixture of the Midwest are those stupid anti-deer car whistles people stick on their bumpers. They don’t scare deer away and the deer certainly hear the car long before–they just don’t care.

My close call–a small herd was grazing within a few feet of a very busy interstate outside of KC at dusk. I just caught sight of them but thought I was OK as they all had their heads down. Then they flinched. One took a big leap into the road, almost running into the side of the car in front of me, and was now in my lane. Thankfully, its second leap was to follow the rest of the herd going back down the embankment. Gillette’s got nothing; that was a close shave.

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No use saving them from cars if it attracts wolf, I thought to myself, so I looked it up, Norway and Sweden are WAY bigger than Minnesota, and have a 10th as many wolves. I was surprised by that.

All of my friends who’ve hit a white tail deer said it came out of no where. I don’t think glowing would have prevented any of the accidents.

Same here. I did not hit that deer. The deer hit me.

It jumped into the side of my car as I was driving by. Fortunately, neither my car or the deer was hurt.

But reflective antlers would not have done a thing.

Reindeer are livestock and Lapland AFAIK doesn’t have wolves it has wolverines.


Seems like a legit concern for someone called elk.


It seems to me if the answer is “paint their antlers with glowing paint”, you’re asking the wrong question.

was just coming in here to say this, yes! Seems like an imgur post blew up yesterday and a ton of outlets are reporting this as if it isn’t a failed experiment from seven years ago. :upside_down_face:

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Only if McDonald’s starts serving venison burgers

Vaccinate them ! Have Bill Gates insert a chip that turns them into mobile wifi hotspots and their antlers into antenna’s. An app would alert approaching cars and the vehicle’s ABS would automatically activate.

Better to put a glowing cross above each deer. The Jagermeister logo definitely connotes ‘stay away’ to me for some deeply ingrained reason

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Sorry to be that guy, but 4000 car vs reindeer incidents a years sounds like an awful lot. A quick rummage around the internet tells me that this means all but two crashes* in Finland in 2019 involved reindeer.

*I know that says 4002 incidents with personal injury, but if the impact is hard enough to kill the reindeer, the driver will be pretty fucked up too.

The were officially extinct in Norway and Sweden until 1983 when a den was found. I don’t know if a tiny population had lived there all the time or if they had just immigrated from the East. Still a lot of hatred of wolves both for taking livestock, for competing with hunters for elk and for threatining dogs. I think the initial fear that they would go around killing humans has subsided, to the extent it was ever real and not just an excuse to get rid of them.

But Scoob, how will we tell them apart from g-g-g-ghost reindeer?"


Maybe they forgot deer shed antlers every year, and must be re-painted.

Thank you for being where you are, and posting some current and real facts for our consumption.

You and people like you are what makes this bbs a reality-based, interesting, detail-rich experience.

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We have a significant problem with deer / car collisions*. I’ve witnessed a doe running herself into a big American pickup truck that was driving slower than a human walks. Not the same as reindeer, I realize, and with no affected herdspeoples like the Sámi, but oh how I’d love to paint reflective road pigment on the antlers of every buck I see out here. What an art project, if nothing else, that would be! I have been forwarding that image in the OP for days to my artist friends.


Jägermeister kinda poached it:

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It’s civic duty to kill a reindeer (in Finnish poro a semi-domesticated version of mountain reindeer AKA mountain caribou) if you hit it with a car. Reindeer aren’t wild animals so their owner needs to be compensated by The Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre ( ).


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