State warns drivers: June deer crashes likely

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - On just about any highway in the state, dead deer can be seen along the road, and according to the state patrol, it could soon get worse.

Tom Borsheim of Eau Claire said he was heading south on Highway 63 near Turtle Lake last Wednesday when a deer caught him by surprise.

"I looked in rearview mirror briefly, and out of the corner of my eye, I did see the brown, by then it was too late," Borsheim said.

He said his car hit the deer, causing nearly $3,000 worth of damage.

"It all happened too fast. I was just lucky it didn't hit more square on the car and possibly come through the windshield ... the front bumper was caved in, the fender, right fender, the hood was buckled up," he said.

Borsheim's not alone.

The state patrol said June is one of the worst months for injuries in deer crashes and drivers should be more aware in the early morning hours and the evenings when deer are more active.

"Does are fawning, and they're out trying to get nutrition to feed their young so they're out, moving around more," state patrol Sgt. Steve Tape said.

He said if a deer is near the roadway, "Try and brake, maintain control of your vehicle and if you end up hitting the deer, you end up hitting the deer. It's better than going in the ditch and rolling over and striking something," Tape said. "The grass starts to get higher in the ditches, so they're hidden more, and you've got more foliage on the trees, and they can pop out pretty fast. So if you're vigilant and look up ahead, the better off you are."

"You're in Wisconsin, they can pop up anywhere, so just keep a good watch, " Borsheim said.

The State Patrol said motorcyclists need to be especially careful because collisions with deer can be fatal to motorcycle riders and passengers.

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