Oh, deer! Minnesota motorists have 1 in 80 chances of hitting one

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Minnesota motorists have a 1 in 80 chance of hitting a deer with their vehicle in the next year.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the odds were calculated in a survey by State Farm Insurance released today. Minnesota ranks sixth among all states for the likelihood of drivers hitting deer. For the seventh year in a row, the mountain state of West Virginia ranked first. Across the Upper Midwest, Iowa ranked third in the number of car-deer crashes, South Dakota was fourth and Wisconsin was in seventh place.

The state where you’re least likely to hit Bambi? Hawaii, where the odds are 1 in 6,787.

There were 1.22 million deer-related vehicle crashes in the 12 months ended June 30. Average property damage cost of these collisions--hey, the stats were compiled by an insurance company!--was $3,414.

Bloomberg News reports that State Farm found that deer-related collisions fell by 3.5 percent due to disease, which has cut the population. Reports of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease spiked in 2012 for deer from Louisiana to Montana.

Eighteen percent of all car-deer crashes occur in November, when most car-deer accidents occur, according to State Farm. Deer are most active between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and often travel in groups, meaning that if one is visible, drivers should be on guard for more.

Let's be careful out there.

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