Officials: Odds of hitting deer up

Print Article

BELOIT - The likelihood motorists in Wisconsin will hit a deer have increased for the second straight year, according to an annual report published by State Farm Insurance.

New claims data compiled by State Farm shows drivers have a 1 in 72 chance of hitting a deer, with 58,000 road kill incidents expected this year. The state ranks fourth in the nation on the insurance agency's list of deer collisions.

In 2017, Wisconsin ranked fifth in the nation.

According to State Farm, chances of hitting a deer in the state increased by just over half a percent in 2018 compared to 2017.

The riskiest time for deer is from October to December when the weather cools and deer become more active.

Rock County's deer population grew to around 7,000 deer, according to estimated fall deer population estimates from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The density of the deer population is also ranked in the lowest category, between four and 18 deer per square mile. The population is up 1,000 deer from 2017, according to the DNR.

Cooler weather signals the beginning of the deer mating season, and temperatures across the state are beginning to finally drop.

The white-tail deer population in Wisconsin is estimated at 1.34 million, up 14 percent from 2015, while the population is expected to increase to 1.37 million by the year's end, according to the DNR.

To avoid collisions, State Farm recommends motorists slow down between dawn and dusk, which are peak hours for deer to cross roadways. Motorists also should pay attention to deer crossing signs; brake without swerving if you see a deer; use high beam lights unless there is oncoming traffic and remain focused on the road.

In the event of a crash, motorists have the option of notifying DNR to keep the deer for meat. Drivers should call 608-267-7691 to register the road kill, but can leave the scene with the soon-to-be venison in tow. If over $1,000 of damage is caused, drivers should fill out a self-report with the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Print Article

Read More News

Almost every part of Trump's life is under investigation

AP

December 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) Investigations now entangle Donald Trump's White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are ...

Comments

Read More

Saturday's Scores

AP

December 15, 2018 at 6:22 pm | BOYS PREP BASKETBALL= Bureau Valley 63, Mendota 15 Carbondale 60, Chester 37 Chicago (Crane Medical Prep) 73, Hope Academy 65, OT Crystal Lake Central 65, Cary-Grove 61 Hampshire ...

Comments

Read More

Saturday's Scores

AP

December 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm | BOYS PREP BASKETBALL= Belleville 68, Dodgeville 64 Big Foot 56, Williams Bay 35 DeForest 69, Reedsburg Area 63 Kettle Moraine Lutheran 69, Catholic Memorial 58 Lomira 75, Oakfield...

Comments

Read More

Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

AP

December 15, 2018 at 6:19 pm | The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from U.S. officials who said she had not been given food or water for days. In a statemen...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2018 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X