Wyoming Drivers Need To Fear The Deer
Wyoming drivers are 18 percent more likely to collide with a deer this year than they were last year, according to a new report.
We rank number eighth in the country for deer collisions. That's up four positions from 2015.
An estimated one out of 85 Wyoming drivers will hit a deer this year. Nationally the odds are one in 164. For the 10th year in a row, West Virginia is on top with odds of 1 in 41.
Wyoming drivers are most likely to collide with a large animal in mating season - October, November and December.
State Farm says avoid becoming a stat with these tips:
1. Pay attention, especially when seeing a "Deer Crossing" sign.
2. When you see one deer, remember they often move in groups.
3. Brake if you can, and avoid swerving, possibly causing a more severe crash.
4. Dusk to dawn is a high-risk time.
5. When possible, use your high beams, to see farther.
We in The Cowboy State know the origin of the phrase, "Deer caught in the headlights." High beams, like spotlights, tend to blind deer, and they freeze. When the driver drops the lights, or the road has a curve, a deer goes in the direction it is facing, usually right into the roadway.
For some needed levity, this comment came after last year's carinsurance.com report: "Could parks and wildlife people get the deer to go where I hunt? Ha!"