October is prime time for car-deer crashes


LA CROSSE, Wis. — Nearly 17,000 car-deer crashes were reported last year in Wisconsin.

It’s that time of year when more deer are running around and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is warning drivers to be extra cautious out on the roads this fall.  That’s because it’s mating season for deer so their movements are more unpredictable.

“You’d be really surprised, I’ve seen a lot of car-deer crashes where you almost wonder, ‘Where did this deer come from?’ because there’s a lot of open field, there’s no woods even close to the highway.  So try to be attentive as much as you can because this time of year can be very dangerous,” says Trooper Ryan Smith of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Officials say if you see one deer,  there are most likely more of them nearby.