The worst states for deer collisions

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9 2013 11:52 p.m. MDT

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Projected collisions: 8,488

Chance of collision: 1 in 205.9
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Mark from Montana
Aurora, CO

Never swerve to miss a deer or any animal smaller than a deer. Just take it out and accept the damage. Swerving will simply increase your likelihood of losing control and rolling, or hitting another car.

metamora, IL

Yeah, I'm sorry, but there is no way Illinois ins't in the top 30 in this category.


I hope these statistics take into account items such as total vehicle miles driven in deer-prevalent sections of road, seasonally and time-of-day adjusted.
I had the chance to study and implement Deer Control Fencing along N CA Highways, and watched the "Horn-locking" between true Wildlife Biologists and Landscape Architects, and Environmental Activists.
Be advised that deer are not just "Foragers"; acorns and such, but quite also "Browsers"; young and tender leaves of varying specific varieties. Plant roadside vegetation with thought and care.
Put your prejudices aside and take the time to respectfully seek the advice of Local Hunters and Provisioners. They know where the deer are, and know their migration paths and patterns.

Would one rather herd-thinning feed a family, or random road-kills feed landfills ??

Podunk, UT

How in the world would Utah be considered one of the worst states for hitting deer, when we are ranked 30 on this list? That is not even in the top half. 30th out of 50! That sounds fairly good to me. Now, if we were say, in the top 10 I could understand this article stating we are in one of the worst, but come on....30TH!? Really?

Pendleton, OR

From my days as a long-haul truck driver I must say I was surprised that Pennsylvania wasn't first and Ohio and Kentucky didn't tie for second. I always found that Utah was about average; the data suggests better than average so perhaps those efforts at changing deer crossings are doing some good. Still seems like lots of money when it would be much easier to just curtail driving during certain hours at certain locations. Or at least educate drivers better about the risks.

Back east the deer move across the roads at almost anytime but out here I would bet that 90% of deer/vehicle conflicts occur within an hour either side of sunset or sunrise.

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