Deer Collisions On The Rise In The Charlotte Area

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Dangerous run-ins with deer are on the rise in the Charlotte area. So far in 2013, State Troopers say they’ve seen 71 deer collisions in Mecklenburg County, 83 in Gaston County, and 238 in Union County.

State Troopers are warning drivers to be extra cautious on the roads after a deer crash claimed the life of an Indian Trail woman.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper William Green says during the winter months, drivers need to be on high alert. “Deer populations are large, so the more cars you put on the road, the more chances you’ll come into contact with one,” says Green.

November through January is deer mating season. Troopers say the animals tend to be the most visible near roadways around sunrise and sunset.