Does Deer Killing Decrease Deer/Vehicle Collisions?

This is the 11th in our series analyzing Carrboro’s Energy and Climate Protection Task Force’s Recommended Deer Cull.

Assertion 11: “A reduced/better managed deer population would…Decrease the incidence of deer/vehicle collisions…” [page 43]

According to Erie Insurance Company, the number of deer-vehicle collisions actually rises “nearly five times on the first day of buck season and doe season.”

And according to the Missouri Insurance Information Service, increased deer activity associated with hunting is a “major factor” in the rise in deer-vehicle collisions in the last three months of the year.

Finally, as we’ve already established, deer killing programs do not reduce deer population, so there is no logical way that they could reduce deer-vehicle collisions.

So what does help in reducing deer-vehicle collisions? The Humane Society of the United States has some excellent advice.