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It’s car-deer collision season

TRR photo by Sandy Long

Drivers should use extra caution this time of year to avoid deer collisions.


October 10, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about one million deer-car accidents occur on American roads each year, killing 200 people, injuring almost 10,000 more and causing about $1 billion in vehicle damage. The peak time for these collisions comes each fall.

Paul Curtis, a professor of Natural Resources and a nationally recognized expert on rural, suburban and urban wildlife, said, “The numbers of deer-related vehicle accidents are highest each fall as the peak of deer breeding season approaches. About two-thirds of the deer-car collisions that occur each year in New York happen during October, November and December.”