Drivers in Kansas and Missouri warned to watch out for ‘lusty deer’ as the season heats up


Deer (Courtesy: Kansas Department of Wildlife)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police officials and the AAA auto club are urging drivers to be especially cautious this time of year as collisions with deer become more frequent.

The Kansas City Star reports that cooler weather and shorter daylight hours mean it’s breeding season for deer.

Kansas City, Missouri, police said on Twitter that “lusty deer” are on the move “and won’t let your car get in the way of their quest for loving.”

In 2020, the Missouri State Highway Patrol cited 3,639 crashes involving deer, killing five people and injuring 348. In Kansas, 9,670 deer crashes killed four people and injured 471 others.

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