Car crashes involving deer on the rise in Michigan

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The numbers have been released regarding Michigan crashes involving deer, and they aren’t good for us or the deer.

One out of every six crashes in the state last year involved a deer.  In October and November, it was one in three according to data from the Michigan State Police.

There was a total of 50,949 deer collisions in 2017, plus another 3.056 caused by a driver trying to avoid them.

The total is up 9 percent from 2016.

In Berrien County, there were 847 crashes. Cass County saw 459.

October and November are the most-common months for deer crashes, making up 33 percent of October crashes and 43 percent in November.

The majority happen at sunrise. US 31, which spans the lower peninsula, has the most crashes each year.

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