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October begins increased risk of car-deer crashes

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin motorists will again face a high risk of colliding with deer this fall.

Car-deer crashes are a problem throughout the year -- but it gets worse in October and November during the deer mating season. 

Almost 19,000 vehicles struck deer in the Badger State last year. Dane County had the most with 851 crashes, followed by Shawano County with 800 and Waukesha with 710. 

Deer were involved in more than half of all traffic crashes last year in Taylor, Green Lake, and Shawano counties. 

The DOT's David Pabst says drivers must slow down whenever they see deer close to the roadways. 

If a driver cannot avoid striking a deer, Pabst says it's safer to hit the brakes and hit the animal, instead of swerving to miss it -- thus avoid a rollover crash or striking something else.