Fatalities on the rise in vehicle-animal crashes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A new study says fatalities from vehicle crashes with deer and other animals have more than doubled over the last 15 years.

The study says urban sprawl is overlapping into deer habitat.

The report by the Highway Loss Data Institute found that 223 people died in animal-vehicle crashes last year, up from 150 in 2000 and 101 in 1993.

Since 1993, Texas had the most deaths from such crashes, with 227, followed by Wisconsin with 123 and Pennsylvania with 112.

In Michigan last year, 11 motorists died and 1,614 were injured in 61,907 car-deer crashes.

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