150 Deer Accidents This Fall in Southeast Missouri

NOVEMBER 23, 2005 - Posted at 9:17 a.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Authorities say more than 150 vehicle accidents in southeast Missouri have involved deer since September 1.

The Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau reports that some accidents were not reported and police anticipate the numbers will grow much higher as the deer hunting season ends.

Conservation and law enforcement officials say motorists have a higher risk of hitting deer in November than any other time of the year.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the state recorded more than 3,800 traffic crashes involving deer last year.

Five people were killed and 337 people were injured because of deer-related car accidents.

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