(KFVS) – Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active this time of year and to watch more carefully during evening and early dawn hours.
The majority of deer strike crashes occur from October through December, with the largest number taking place in November.
Deer behavior changes at this time due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings.
Hunting and crop harvesting may result in deer being in places they aren’t usually seen.
Deer are also found in areas where there are streams or wooded areas that are surrounded by farmland.
Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced almost 4,000 deer strike cashes. One deer strike occurred every 2.2 hours in the state and in these crashes, five people were killed and more than 400 were injured.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers: