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Deer Dangers

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A Winneshiek County deputy is back to work after he hit a deer with his squad car.

Deputy Tim Felton, of Decorah, was taken to the hospital after he hit a deer two weeks ago.

Each year thousands of Iowans get in crashes with deer, causing injury and death.

It's an obsticle people in the Midwest must face every year, deer jumping out in front of cars putting lives at risk, but there are steps that you can take to stay safe.

As the leaves begin to change, so must the way we drive. More and more deer will be crossing Iowa roadways over the next couple of months, causing problems for many drivers.

"Damage varies. It can be from a headlight taken out and a grill to sometimes severe damage. The windshield maybe hit or you get hit from the side. It all depends on where you hit the deer," said Trooper M.L. Sigwarth, Iowa State Patrol.

Our sister station, KTTC in Rochester, Minnesota has already faced the wrath of the deer. One hit their newsvehicle.

"You have be careful out there especially this time or year," says Dave Larsen, Body Shop Manager.

The Iowa State Patrol recommends that people do not veer for the deer.

And while no one wants the animal to die, it's usually is the safest action.

"When you swerve for a deer you are more susceptible for having a worse collisions and we found people swerve they usually lose control of their vehicle which cause an accident or collision or the injuries are usually worse and sometimes fatal," says Trooper Sigwarth.

The time of year when you are more likely to a hit a deer is between October and November and that's because farmers are out in their fields and it's also because it is the deer's mating season.

From dusk till dawn, be very careful at night. Obviously they can't see you as well and you can't see them. Keeping everyone safe on Iowa roadways.

Since 1985 Iowa's deer population has more than doubled. The Iowa State Patrol recomends that drivers slow down in marked deer caution zones, and always buckle-up.

This is also the first weekend of Bow Hunting Deer Season, which means deer will be especially active.

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