Deer-vehicle accidents in Columbia County officially set a new record during the weekend, according to Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker.
"As of this morning, there have been 485 deer/vehicle collisions in Columbia County," she said today. "This is the highest number since 2003, when 472 collisions were recorded."
Extreme cold weather over the weekend, combined with the peak of the fall mating season for whitetails, helped push the number of roadkills into record territory, she said, adding that the number could climb to 500 or more by Dec. 31. Last year there were 394 deer strikes recorded, based on motor vehicle accident reports and the number of carcasses retrieved by Animal Control Department officials.
Although deer are plentiful across the state, with a herd estimated at more than 1 million animals, accidents are most plentiful in suburban areas where development encroaches into whitetail habitat.