Likelihood of deer-car collision in Wisconsin nearly double the national average

GREEN BAY, Wis. According to State Farm Insurance, the likelihood of a deer-car collision in Wisconsin is about double that of the national average. In fact the badger state is sixth on the list for crashes involving deer, elk and moose.

On Sunday three women were killed after hitting a deer on I-90 in the western part of the state. Their car was rear ended by a semi and pushed into a ditch.

"The deer is going to hurt the car obviously but in the end it's not going to hurt you as bad as if you totally stop and get hit from behind or you swerve and hit somebody head on in the other lane," said Mark Kantola, Regional Communications Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

In the event of a deer and car collision be sure to move the vehicle off the road and call law enforcement, do not attempt to move the injured deer and stay in the car.

Deer are more active in October and November because it is breeding season, and they're usually not alone.

"That buck's going to possibly be chasing that doe because he really just got the scent of her heat at that moment, so he's going to really be chasing her and it can cause issues, unexpectedly having a deer running really fast into the road, so just keep an eye out for that," said Joshua Martinez, Wildlife Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR.

State highways have "clear zones" on the sides, which helps a driver better see deer, but on county roads that's not the case. Trees and brush often provide cover for the animal.

Experts say dusk and dawn are when deer move the most.

"When that sun's going down or the sun's starting to come up take your time along the road," Martinez said.

"You can't have your eyes on your phone, or looking in the backseat or petting your dog sitting next to you, you really need to stay undistracted and stay vigilant about scanning the road in front of you," said Kantola.