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ODOT Warns of Fatal Wildlife Crashes

MEDFORD, Ore. — October and November is the time of year that deer and elk start looking for mates, and often become roadkill victims, but it’s not just the deer and elk and other animals who die.

State Police say November is the highest month of the year for wildlife-involved traffic crashes. October is almost as bad, with July, August and September close behind.

ODOT and insurance studies say wildlife vs. vehicle crashes increased from about 900 in 2007 to almost 1,200 a year last year. 17 of those killed someone in the vehicles that hit the animals.