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Antler Alert: Southeast Wisconsin sees spike in deer crashes

Posted at 6:20 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 09:09:53-04

MILWAUKEE -- Along with the construction and potholes popping up on the roads, there's something else to dodge: deer!

There were 170 deer crashes for all of southeast Wisconsin. Those counted either hurt someone or caused more than $1,000 in damage.

"This is really good for all critters but especially deer and if you've got that right up against the road it gets right up into the road," said Dianne Robinson, Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist.

Robinson says deer may be more active this time of year, because the does are breaking off from their winter herds to give birth late May.

They are also looking for fresh grass popping up.

"They're starting to switch their diet from the dead grasses and twigs of their winter diet into those nice green chutes. They're already prepping again to survive next year," said Robinson.

The Department of Transportation's most recent data in 2017 show there were more than 20,000 vehicle crashes involving deer statewide injuring 640 people and killing nine.

If you are driving and a deer pops out in front of your car the Dodge County Sheriff says the last thing you want to do is swerve.

"Just get on the brakes stop as quickly as you can and try to avoid that deer by simply stopping by swerving you potentially put yourself at risk if you go into the shoulder or another lane you could hit another car or potentially even roll your car," said Sheriff Dale Schmidt.

Robinson says don't be alarmed if you see a fawn alone in the summer, "She's moving a lot back and fourth to get food and then back to the fawn so there's a lot of movement going on at that time as well too."