Saving a deer from Langley’s ‘snake hill’

Saving a deer from Langley’s ‘snake hill’

Township asked to install warning sign on 232 Street

The Township of Langley should install a “deer crossing” warning sign on “snake hill” to prevent a tragic collision, Mary McKenna says.

Otherwise, McKenna is worried the serpentine twist in the 8100 block of 232 Street could claim the life of a unique young deer with a distinctive white-and-brown coat.

On Thursday morning (Jan. 12), McKenna spotted the deer wandering on the road and shooed it back into the woods.

It wasn’t the first sighting of the young animal, which McKenna believes may be the same unusual-looking deer spotted in the woods near Trinity Western University in early December by a Fort Langley resident, who took a photo that appeared in The Times.

It appears as though the deer was recently weaned by its mother, McKenna says.

“It’s small.”

McKenna doesn’t want to see the deer become another victim of the twist in the rural road that has earned the nickname of “snake hill” from area residents because of the number of collisions suffered by motorists who failed to navigate the curve.

“It bends really badly,” she says.

In 20 years of living near snake hill, McKenna estimates the bend has averaged about one serious crash every two years.

The Township has taken steps to warn drivers, McKenna noted, including the installation of heavy duty road  markers.

“They were flattened in a matter of days.”