Insurer: Car-deer collisions in Wisconsin dip 1%

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A national auto insurer says the number of reported collisions between vehicles and deer in Wisconsin is down 1 percent.

State Farm says the trend in Wisconsin mirrors a national pattern.

According to its U.S. claim reports, there were an estimated 1.1 million collisions between deer and vehicles between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. That’s down 7 percent from the same period in the previous year, and down 9 percent from the same period three years ago.

State Farm says West Virginia tops the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to run into a deer. The insurer says the odds there are 1 in 53.

Wisconsin is seventh on that list. A State Farm news release didn’t specify what the odds are here.