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WisDOT reminds drivers to look out for deer during fall season

Officials say deer are the third most commonly struck object in Wisconsin traffic crashes and now they're warning drivers about the amount of deer crossing roadways during the fall season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Officials say deer are the third most commonly struck object in Wisconsin traffic crashes and now they're warning
drivers about the amount of  deer crossing roadways during the fall season.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation say October and November is mating season.

This is also when deer are active at dusk and dawn when they move to and from their bedding and feeding areas.  

As they roam, deer will often dart onto highways and directly into the path of vehicles.


According to the WisDOT, nearly half of all reported crashes involve striking a deer.

To avoid deer crashes, drivers must slow down when they see deer in the area. If you see one deer, there are probably more nearby that
could dash in front of your vehicle.  If you can’t avoid a deer, it’s safer to hit the brakes and hit the deer than to swerve suddenly and try to miss it. If you swerve, you risk losing control of your vehicle and rolling over or hitting another car or a fixed object, like a tree.


Deer crashes are possible on most any road in Waushara County including many village and city streets.

The WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety offers the following advice to prevent deer crashes:




  • Be on the lookout  for deer, eliminate distractions while driving, and slow down in early morning and evening hours—the most active time for deer.

  • Always wear your safety belt—there are fewer and less severe injuries in vehicle-deer crashes when safety belts are worn.

  • If you see a deer by the side of the road, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.

  • When you see one deer, look for another one—deer seldom run alone.

  • If you see a deer looming in your headlights, don't expect the deer to move away—headlights can confuse a deer and cause the animal to freeze.

  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path.

  • Do not swerve—it  can confuse the deer as to where to run—and cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car.


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    • The one   exception to the “don’t swerve” advice applies to motorcyclists. On  a motorcycle, you should slow down, brake firmly and then swerve if  necessary to avoid hitting the deer. If you must swerve, always try to stay within your lane to avoid hitting other objects.


  • If you hit a deer, get your vehicle off the road if possible, and then call a law enforcement agency. Walking on a highway is dangerous, so stay in  your vehicle if you can.

  • Don’t try to move the animal if it is still alive. The injured deer could hurt you.



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