County 22

What’s New in County 22?”

The car vs. deer accidents are on the increase. The crops are being pulled from the fields and the deer rut is starting. I think we had 3 or 4 car vs. deer accidents the other night just alone. If you see a deer, brake firmly and do not swerve. Swerving could cause you to lose control of your vehicle and make a bad situation worse. If you hit a deer, pull to the side of the road as safely as you can. Turn on your hazard lights. Give us a call and we will come help you. If you hit a deer and leave or don’t even stop, give us a call. There have been a few times someone has hit a deer and it died on the roadway which could be devastating for someone else coming behind you. Plus, it could possibly be a liability on your end if you left it on the roadway knowingly.

Speaking of deer accidents, we recently just had another vehicle vs. bobcat in Clayton County just south of Garnavillo. We had one last year also. The bobcat population is on the rise in this county and I have heard of around 8 sightings this year all over different areas of the county. A bobcat doesn’t usually attack humans but that does not mean to be careless around them. They have an aggressive behavior in many ways, especially when cornered. I helped release one last year in a trap and it was not the friendliest animal to meet in the woods. It can make several different noises and when we approached it, to me it did not sound like a simple ‘”Hello”. There are several counties in Iowa that allow trapping bobcats. The closest one, Delaware county, allows one bobcat per trapper. Clayton County is not allowed to bobcat trap at this time. If you would happen to trap one, please contact us or your local DNR Officer.

We are currently in the process of trying to find some new squads for the next year. Not only have the prices increased on squads but the equipment has increased and it takes weeks or months to get. We are trying to stay on top of it so we don’t go without. Deputy Dylan Rumph has taken on the responsibility of managing our fleet and researching prices on vehicles and equipment for this department. I have 13 deputies if you include myself with squads and a Jail Administrator who has a squad for transports. We have 2 reserve squads but usually outfit them with our best retirement squads from the full timers. We usually try to get 3 new squads a year and put them in a 4-year rotation. In that time period they can have anywhere from 100,000 to 180,000 miles on them. Some of them hard miles. I have elected to not take a squad the last couple of years. Mine is a 2017 but has lower miles and I would prefer to see the guys that need them more, get them. All in all, we try to keep the costs as low as we can.

If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me, or stop by to see me.

Thanks and be safe,

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi