June Spike In Deer Crashes

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- The latest surge in deer activity in St. Louis is catching some drivers off guard.  Typically deer are on the move during mating season which peaks in November.

'It makes me nervous,' says Elizabeth Parker, a west county resident.  'There have been times when they`ve jumped out in front of our car.'

James Williams drives to Chesterfield on a regular basis to visit his parents.

'It`s like seeing a zoo sometimes in my parents` back yard,' explained Williams.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports a spike in the number of vehicle crashes involving deer during the past few weeks.

Spokesman Dan Zarlenga did not have total numbers available but explained why more deer are on the move in June.

He said deer born one year ago are now being forced to go out on their own.

'They`re being forced out by their parents so they can move out and do their own thing,' said Zarlenga.  'The parents can now focus on raising this year`s fawns.'

Zarlenga says the June spike is not a surprise.  It happens each year.  He expects the spike in deer movement to last through  the month of June.