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Mating season brings spike in danger of deer collisions

October 5th, 2013 7:55 pm by Nick Shepherd

Mating season brings spike in danger of  deer collisions

A motorcycle passes by a deer crossing sign on West Carters Valley Road in Hawkins County. Photo by Ned Jilton II.

Tennessee is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the probability of motorists hitting a deer, ranking 25th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Virginia ranks 12th.

With mating season for deer about to be in full swing, the probability of cars hitting a deer will almost certainly go up. Mating season begins in November.

Kip Diggs, a spokesperson for State Farm Insurance agency, said people need to know that deer usually travel in herds.

“When deer are moving, usually if you see one, chances are there are three or four more behind them,” he said. “They travel in herds and if you see a doe, the fawns are usually right behind them.” 

State Farm estimates there were 1.22 million collisions caused by the presence of deer between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. That is a 3.5 percent decrease from a year ago.

Read more in the Sunday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition. 

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