Drivers beware – deer are on the move in Iowa


November 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Deer are in the spotlight – or headlights – in Iowa. The state has already recorded the highest rate of vehicle-deer collisions for November. Joe Wilkinson of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says there are three main reasons. It’s the rutting season. The harvest is almost done and deer have lost a primary hiding spot in corn fields. Daylight hours are growing shorter, which means dawn and dusk, when deer are most active, closely coincide when people are heading to and from work. The deer road kill count in Iowa in 2010 was about 10,000. Wilkinson says nearly a fourth of the dead deer along rural highways and interstates were counted in November. The rest was counted over the 11 other months.