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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Sheriff warns deer accidents on rise

  • Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown said Wednesday morning that the number of car and deer accidents is showing a seasonal increase, even before mating season has started.
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  • Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown said Wednesday morning that the number of car and deer accidents is showing a seasonal increase, even before mating season has started.
    "The rate has gone from the average of three deer accidents a week to 10 a week. The auto body shops are reporting a steady flow of work," Brown said.
    Farmers cutting grain and the change in temperature has an effect, Brown said.
    "The deer feed on corn during summer months and with the harvest they turn to natural vegetation and that unfortunately grows in the ditches next to roads. Thus, the increase in accidents," he said.
    Friday morning's frost may serve to push even more deer out as the vegetation freezes and dies off, forcing animals to rely on berries, grasses and softer vegetation.
    "Motorists should be very cautious, especially in foggy conditions," said Brown.
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