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October 30, 2012

State again ranks high on auto insurer's annual list of high car-deer collisions

MADISON -- Wisconsin drivers have a 1-in-79 chance of colliding with a deer any month of the year - but even more likely during October and November when bucks are running wild looking for a date.

Reports from Department of Natural Resources offices around the state indicate the white-tail deer are now actively moving into their mating season, known as the rut.

Wisconsin ranks seventh in the new State Farm insurance company annual ranking of states where drivers are most likely to strike deer. The auto insurer uses its claims records and federal licensed driver data to calculate the ranking.

Chief Warden Randy Stark says the increased deer movement, both day and night, due to the breeding season being under way requires drivers to be especially cautious in the next month. This is particularly true at dusk and at dawn. "This is when the deer are on the move from where they've spent the night to where they are going to eat. Deer are the most active when feeding and chasing potential mates," Stark said. "Deer are not looking for cars, which is why drivers must look for deer."

Last year, the Department of Transportation says Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported a total of 18,176 deer versus motor vehicle crashes.

Stark says it pays to remember if you see one deer, it's likely there are more. "It's important vehicle operators drive defensively and anticipate the presence of additional deer when they see a deer along the roadway."

The WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety offers the following advice to prevent deer crashes:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Randy Stark, 608-266-1115 or Joanne M. Haas, public affairs manager, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 608-267-0798

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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