Posted: 17/09/2014 at 14:31
Pheasants are bought in as chicks and reared by the farmer/gamekeeper. When they are big enough they are transferred into Release Pens where they are fed for a while and then released. They will continue to be fed in the area of the Release Pens in an attempt to keep them in that area, but when they're first released they're scatty adolescents and don't know where they are or what they're doing - this is usually when they stray onto the roads and get hit by traffic.
As soon as the shooting season starts they tend to hang around in deeper cover
You also get quite a few road casualties in early spring when their minds are on only one thing Cock pheasants like to square up to each other in clearings - e.g. the middle of the road