Columbia County ends 2008 with deer-vehicle crash record

Columbia County almost doubled the number of deer-vehicle collisions in 2008, surpassing 600 by the year's last day.

The previous record high was 472 back in 2003, and last year there were only 366.

The high rate of deer strikes is not slowing down at all and is expected to continue into 2009, according to county emergency officials.

Pam Tucker, the county's emergency services director, said there are several theories as to why there were so many in 2008.

She said it's likely due to a combination of development infringing on deer habitat, more vehicles on roadways and the early cold weather, which makes the animals more active.

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