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Deer vs. Car Accidents
Henrietta, N.Y. - It's that time of year the number of deer versus car accidents is on the upswing.
It's partly because of the season but also because there's a increased number of deer in our area.
I've seen an increase in between 20-30 percent in these last couple weeks, said Matt Cutaia, the General Manager of Gates Automotive in Henrietta, when asked about car verse deer accidents.
Up the road at Nu-Look Collision an auto mechanic works on a car that hit a deer.
There was a spike from Thursday of last week just until today, said Manager Jason Deats. We've taken in about 12 just at this location.
The deer population is on the upswing and it has been for the last six or seven years probably, said Art Kirsh, Senior Wildlife Biologist for the DEC. There's ample food out there, this year is probably the best I've ever seen for wild food supply, apples, acorns.
There are a number of reasons why the deer population is increasing, including the drop in hunters. According to the DEC the number of hunters has been decreasing by three to five percent each year.
We are very concerned about deer populations getting high in certain areas, theyre not high in all areas, especially in the northern part of western New York they are pretty numerous and probably higher than wed like to see, said Kirsh.
This increase puts more opportunities out there for drivers to come in contact with a deer on the road.
So be aware of your surroundings, slowdown and if a deer crosses the road in front of you look for more - they usually don't cross alone.
The DEC issues more doe permits in areas where the deer population is too high.