Wild deer wandering on roads a danger in many rural areas according to Sligo councillors

Wild deer wandering on roads is a danger in many rural areas, a meeting of Sligo councillors has heard.

There is now even concern about deer on the busy N4 Sligo/Dublin route near Drumfin, between Collooney and Castlebaldwin that for years has been among the most dangerous stretches of road in the country.

At this week’s meeting of councillors from the Ballymote/Tubbercurry Municipal District, Fianna Fail Councillor Martin Baker called for deer warning signs to be erected on the Riverstown-Coopershill road and on the N4 at Drumfin.

He said there had been a number of cars hit with deer as they cross the road on the Collooney side of the junction at Drumfin.

Fine Gael Councillor Gerard Mullaney said it was a dangerous situation and he urged that something be done about it as soon as possible.

Independent Councillor Michael Clarke told the meeting that deer-warning signs are also needed for the Ladies Brae, on the route from Collooney through the Ox Mountains to Coolaney and West Sligo.

Cllr Baker said it’s a problem in many areas.