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MO State Highway Patrol Warns Drivers To Watch For Deer

White-tailed deer
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White-tailed deer
White-tailed deer
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White-tailed deer

This is the time of year when the risk for deer-vehicle collisions is higher.

It’s deer mating season, which could result in increased sightings and roadway crossings, and that’s in both rural and urban areas.

Hunting and crop harvesting could mean deer are in places they aren’t usually seen, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The most common time to hit a deer is between 6 and 6:59 p.m. and 6 to 6:59 a.m.  If you see a deer on the side of the road, slow down.  And deer often travel in groups so watch for others as well.

If you hit a deer, Missouri State Highway Patrol officials say you should call 9-1-1 or star 55 on a cell phone to report it.

Last year, there were 4,320 reported deer-vehicle collisions.  Those resulted in two fatalities and 449 injuries.

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Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.