Video: Maine Couple Gets Surrounded by Salt-licking Deer

   02.20.15

Cold temperatures and heavy snow are the bane of all commuters, and that includes deer. Despite that, you might even see more of the creatures venture out onto highways or roads to lick the salty slush off the ground. This unique winter treat may be tasty for them, but for motorists it can be an additional road hazard. This couple from Maine out for a Valentine’s Day drive quickly find themselves surrounded by a group of 18 to 20 deer, intent on licking the road clean.

“I said, ‘We’re surrounded!’” Dan Daley told the Bangor Daily News. “They’re browsing, they’re licking the salt off the road, and then they’re walking up right beside the Jeep.”

Daley, a hunter and angler, says he was actually pleasantly surprised by the deer—especially since the animals have been struggling in his part of the state for the past few years.

“There are pockets of deer that I’m seeing,” he said. “Anywhere the state of Maine has taken the time to put up a ‘Deer Crossing’ sign, you’d better pay attention.”

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