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Collisions between deer, cars increase in mating season

Collisions between deer, cars increase in mating season

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:33 pm
By: AP

  

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — The arrival of deer hunting season in Tennessee is also a time when more motorists hit the animals on the roads.

The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle quoted Tennessee Wildlife Re-sources Agency officer Dale Grindstaff saying that’s because hunting season occurs during mating season for the deer.

Grindstaff said the doe will run from the buck for a couple of days as part of the ritual and that sometimes leads to collisions with vehicles.

Six were reported Friday, including one in which a doe crashed through a windshield, bolted between the car’s seats and charged out a rear window. A passenger in the car was treated for cuts.

Tennessee Highway Patrol safety education officer Tony Barham said swerving to avoid deer in the road can lead to a more serious wreck.

Muzzleloading hunting season begins Saturday.

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Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com
Published in The Messenger 10.29.08

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