Deer as 150-pound rats are doing damage to cars

10/23/2013 10:13 AM

10/23/2013 5:41 PM

No driver wants to collide with a 150-pound deer let alone have the animal roll onto the windshield.

Yet, that’s what’s happening a lot especially this time of year. In Missouri last year, 3,980 deer-car collisions occurred with five human deaths and 411 injuries, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. In Kansas 8,695 vehicle-deer collisions occurred with two human deaths and 322 injuries, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reported.

Johnson County in Kansas had the most crashes with 304, The Kansas City Star reported. In Missouri, Kansas City and Lee’s Summit topped the list in 2011.

This is mating season for deer, which causes them to run without warning into traffic. Motorists should be cautious and try not to swerve to avoid them especially if the vehicle is traveling at a high speed. That can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which often is worse than just hitting the deer.

People also can protect themselves with inexpensive deer whistles. Auto stores carry them.

They attach to the front end of vehicles and emit a high pitch noise that is supposed to cause deer to run in another direction. Whether they work or not is debatable. But having them may make the difference between hitting a deer or not.

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