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Deer on roadways pose danger this time of year

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Its that time of year again, when the deer are in the rut. This means they will be more active and potentially more dangerous for drivers.

There are nearly 18,000 car deer crashes each year in Wisconsin according to the State Patrol.

The most active times of day for deer are 5 am to 8 am and 5 PM to midnight.

A State Patrol spokesperson said what drivers are supposed to do when a deer runs in front of a vehicle may surprise you.  It is recommended that when you see that deer in the road, brake as hard as you can and hit the deer.

Wisconsin State Trooper Chad Thompson said, "You're much more likely to injure yourself by swerving and losing control of your vehicle and hitting a tree or overturning your vehicle."

Thompson added that rehearsing what to do in your head before hand will help your reflex response to actually seeing a deer in front of you.

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