Pennsylvania is famous for many things. We're the city of bridges, the city of champions, and champions of the pierogi. We're also known for our deer—and the car accidents they cause.
In national rankings, Pennsylvania is consistently listed as one of the top states for deer vs. car collisions. Residents here have a 70-1 chance of being involved in one.
Those collisions hit their peak in the fall—October and November in particular—during the deer mating season. The mating season, also known as the rut, coincides with deer hunting season in Pennsylvania, which the Game Commission says also scatters the animals.
The problem is so pervasive, that some communities have taken steps to thin out the deer population.
In Mt. Lebanon, the number of deer-related car accidents spurred commissioners there to approve several controversial deer culls as part of the municipality's comprehensive deer-management program. The latest cull will begin this Saturday (Sept. 17) and run through Jan. 28, with a break between Nov. 27 and Christmas.
The commissioners' goals? To reduce those types of car accidents by 50 percent over a five-year period.
The decision to allow the culls came after civic leaders there noticed a spike in the number of deer-related police calls.
In Mt. Lebanon:
The severity of deer-related car accidents can differ, and sometimes, they can be deadly. Just this month, a 6-year-old boy in Lower Burrell was fatally injured in a car accident when his mother attempted to swerve to hit a deer. Instead, their car flipped and crashed into a tree.
Sadly, these types of tragic accidents can happen in a heartbeat, and they can change your life forever. As we head into hunting—and mating—season, we wanted to remind you to: