The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the potential for deer crashes will be high this fall.
Each fall, body and automotive repair shops are in high demaNd as the deer crash season peaks, WisDOT says.
October and November are the mating season for deer, which makes them more active, particularly at dusk and dawn when they move back and forth between their bedding and feeding areas.
As deer roam, they will dart unexpectedly into the path of vehicles and drivers likely face the panicky 'deer in the headlights' situation.
In 2011, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported a total of 18,176 deer vs. motor vehicle crashes in the state.
Dane County had the most with 846, while Shawno County had the second most with 762.
Deer are the third most commonly struck object in Wisconsin traffic crashes, behind collisions with another vehicle or a fixed object.
"To avoid deer crashes, drivers must slow down when they see deer in the area. If you see one deer, there are probably more nearby that could dash in front of your vehicle," says State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety.
Huxtable added that it's safer to hit the brakes and hit the deer than to swerve and potentially lose control of your vehicle or hit another car/tree.
Posted by Jenna Vogt