Every year, one and a half million collisions with deer kill close to 150 people and cause more than $1 billion in vehicle damage. Most collisions happen in the fall, when deer are in the rut or mating season. The odds of colliding with a deer this season for a Wisconsin resident is 1 in 97 - the state of Wisconsin has the 7th highest deer-incident rates nationwide.
Here's how to avoid an unwanted wildlife encounter:
- Don't veer away. Often a deer will do less damage to your car than you might cause by swerving, possibly into oncoming traffic
- Dusk and dawn are when deer are most active - stay alert when on the road
- Deer are herd animals and migrate in groups. If you see one, slow down - there are probably more nearby
- Consider a deer whistle device, but always have a watchful eye even if you have one