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State Patrol: Deer-related crashes peak In October And November

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Daylight is decreasing by the day, and that means deer related car accidents peak for Wisconsin drivers, according to the State Patrol.

(WQOW) - Daylight is decreasing by the day, and that means deer related car accidents peak for Wisconsin drivers, according to the State Patrol.

Just last year Wisconsin saw more than 16,000 crashes where deer died, and about 13 driver fatalities, according to the State Patrol. 

Officials said that deer crashes can happen at anytime of the day, but most deer activity is in the morning and evening hours. David Ecklor with the Wisconsin State Patrol said this time of year is especially active because of deer mating season.

"In the late spring or early summer when does are in search for somewhere to give birth, that's usually a increased time. Then again in the fall in October and November when the rut is kicking off and the bucks are in search of does for mating," Ecklor said. 

People should always buckle up, Ecklor said, and if you see a deer you should slow down and scan the road for more. He added if you are driving in the dark you can always reduce your speed to be extra cautious.

Ecklor concluded that if you do happen to hit a deer, pull over to a safe spot when you can, never try to move the deer if injured, and call 911 if you are injured or if the deer is blocking traffic or creating dangers for other drivers.

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