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I came close to that with a deer. I was just about to day "did you see that deer" when we nailed it on the passenger side of the front, my side. I saw it come up on the hood and thought the hoof was coming through the window. What appeared to have happened was that the tire caught it and dragged it off the hood. Lucky, as the bed of the truck was loaded to the top with my mattress, I was moving, on top. No blood on the bed.
When driving I had my truck kicked by two different deer. One as i was almost stopped for another deer, who spooked on in the pasture he jumped into. The second deer ran right in front of me as I braked and kicked (scuffed) the corner of my bumper.
The second was, my instant impression, a fawn I nearly hit at 65mph. I just had an impression, tapped off cruise control and in the same spot, right front corner of the bumper, another kick. I was in traffic so I didn't brake but also didn't see a deer rolling down the shoulder or reaction from other drivers. Did have another scuff on the bumper.
I've hit deer, once it was a whole herd running across a 4-lane road. "Just hit the damn deer" is the right attitude. Same goes for any smaller non-human animal in the road. Swerving around is more dangerous - and that damn deer or squirrel or even a black bear isn't worth your life.
Moose are a different deal. The occupants of that truck were very lucky it didn't go through the windshield. When I lived in Maine, heard about people being killed that way on several occasions.
Being from Maine, I've hit several deer and seen plenty of Moose (luckily I've never hit one) but most people who do are very lucky if they survive. Damn things are so leggy and so big that they typically fall directly on the driver or passenger when someone hits them. That person is very lucky indeed.
You write as if the "State Cop" was doing something bad....inhumane. Think about it, most larger jurisdictions (the one I worked for included) have investigations EVERY time you fire your weapon. Shoot the horse, have to call the Detectives and they have to take statements, make photographs, have you make a formal, video recorded statement and then they set up an appointment with a "shooting review board" where you are grilled about shot placement, other alternatives to the shooting, background of the shot animal (where an over-penetration or hit off a bone would go) and you will, after having to spend all day at the review board, probably be cleared but possibly not depending on how many people were around, who the owner of the horse was and the owner's attitude upon learning you killed his horse (whether he wants the city to pay for the animal.) Then, somewhere down the road, you later have to shoot a dog that attacks you or another injured animal....the owner sues or files a complaint over the shot and you go to court and the lawyer for the plaintiff questions you on the necessity of killing the animal and the lawyer pulls out your department record and goes to the part in which you shot a horse and looks at the jury and says "this is your second time killing an animal, perhaps you are a little quick in doing so, perhaps you look at an animal as not worthy of your mercy!" It does not take much to sway a member of the jury if they are not liking Police in the first place or maybe they are big on animal rights. Yeah, I know exactly why the Officer waited on the vet.