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Deer jump to death near Marshfield, DOT looks for solutions

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WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) -

A bizarre situation in Wood County is happening near a construction project, where two deer have recently plunged to their death.

Law enforcement officials say two does jumped off an over-pass just south of Marshfield and onto new Highway 10, which isn't open.

It's opening later this year.

"We really don't know why, other than the location. It's close to a forest location where they're used to crossing," DOT Project Development Supervisor Shannon Riley said.

DNR officials say the deer were used to roaming in that area before the road was built and now they may be confused. And that may put drivers at risk.

The DOT says once the new Highway 10 is open, that's when more dangerous situations could happen.

"That's our main concern right now is public safety of the traveling public. If you have an object fall on a car, no matter what it is, it would be very damaging," Riley said.

"Motorists are going to have to pay attention. Clearly this is an area that deer are used to populating and now with the construction that's changing," Lt. Shawn Becker with the Wood Co. Sheriff's Dept. said.

This isn't the first time a deer has jumped from that bridge. Officials say a prize buck leaped last winter. DOT officials say they are trying to figure out a solution.

"We're looking into adding fence to that location, to prevent a deer jumping off the structure," Riley said.

DOT officials say because this is unique, they aren't sure the fencing changes will be applied anywhere else.

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