Indiana State Police issue deer warning

By Mark Shuller - Email

VERSAILLES, IN (FOX19) – It's early fall in southeastern Indiana and the deer are beginning to move more.  With cooler temperatures, farmers harvesting their crops, hunters taking to the woods, and the mating season or "rut" coming up in the next few weeks, deer movement is more prevalent than it was during the hot, dry summer months.

Motorists are encouraged to use extra caution when traveling the rural areas particularly around corn or bean fields and those roadways where wooded areas are near the roadside. Deer movement is usually more prevalent after dark and during the pre-dawn hours.

In 2009 there were a total of 16, 225 car/deer crashes on Indiana roadways. Of these, 322 resulted in personal injury and four resulted in fatalities. So far this year from January 1, 2010 through August 31, 2010 there have been a total of 7,129 car/deer crashes statewide. Of these, 177 have resulted in personal injury and three have resulted in fatalities.