Collisions with deer, elk peak in October, November


October 19, 2022

Courtesy of Roblyn Brown/ODFW

ODOT documents an average of 6,000 vehicle collisions with deer and elk each year, with most happening in October and November.

Vehicle collisions with deer and elk tend to peak in October and November, when migration and breeding (the "rut") puts them on the move, making them more likely to cross roads.

Fewer daylight hours and rainy weather also reduce drivers' visibility.

On average, the Oregon Department of Transportation documents more than 6,000 collisions with deer and elk each year. The actual number is likely higher, as many are not reported if damage is minimal or no human injuries are reported.

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and ODOT advise Oregonians to follow these tips:

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