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Drivers urged to stay alert for deer during breeding season

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Deer breeding season is beginning, and that means motorists need to be on high alert over the next few months.

In 2018, law enforcement agencies reported over 20,000 car/deer crashes took place in Wisconsin which resulted in injuries to 515 motorists and four fatalities. Dane County led the state in deer/vehicle crashes last year with 1,033 followed by Waukesha County with 891 and Washington County with 816.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises motorists to slow down, buckle up and stay aware of your surroundings. If you see one deer cross in front of you, that is a good indication that there may be more nearby. If you cannot avoid colliding with a deer, brake firmly and stay in your lane. Swerving can result in the loss of vehicle control which could result in more severe injuries to yourself and your vehicle.

If you spot a car-killed-deer carcass on the highway, you should contact 911. If the carcass is off the traveled portion of the roadway, contact the appropriate county sheriff’s department using the agency’s non-emergency phone number.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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