Warning for Drivers: Deer Season is Here | Environment
Fall is here and it means it can be more dangerous for drivers on the roads because of Minnesota's deer population--the MnDNR says there are one million deer out there.
State officials say the animals are moving around because it's deer breeding season and because crops are being harvested.
More than a third of the 7,751 deer-vehicle crashes in the past three years statewide happened in October and November, resulting in 19 deaths and 65 serious injuries.
Fifteen of those killed were motorcyclists.
In the past three years in Hennepin County, there were 489 crashes, 55 with injuries and no fatalities.
Authorities say drivers should not swerve when they encounter a deer on the road--swerving can cause you to lose control and either go off the road or into oncoming traffic. It's better to hit a deer and come to a controlled stop.
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