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      Drivers need to watch out because deer are on the move

      It's that time of year again, when you're likely to see more deer wandering on the roads.

      The conservation department said it's because deer are looking for mates.

      So what should you do if you hit a deer with your car?

      KRCG's Facebook Crew talked with experts Wednesday to find out.

      You may start seeing more dead deer lying on the side of the road soon.

      Experts tell me it's going to be more common in the next few months because deer will be in rut.

      So what should you do if your car slams into a deer?

      "If you hit a deer, first you need to address any medical issues you may have, Missouri Dept. of Conservation Shawn Gruber said.

      If you hit a deer you do not need to notify the conservation department, but you do have to notify them if you want to keep the deer.

      "We don't require any reporting of those situations. However if you want to take possession of that deer, which some people do, you should contact your local agent and they will work it out, Gruber said.

      Gruber said deer are on the move early in the morning, late in the evening, and at night. So everyone needs to be extra careful while driving during those times.

      MoDOT is in charge of clearing the dead deer carcases off the road.

      "We usually try to take them back to our shop and cover them up with dirt or take them to the landfill, MoDOT's Kent Howard said.

      Howard said it's a pretty disgusting job but someone has to take care of the roadways.

      State Farm Insurance announced at the beginning of the month that for a third consecutive year in a row deer-vehicle collisions in the United States has dropped.

      This year it dropped 7-percent.

      Preview Story:

      It's that time of year when you're likely to see more deer while you're driving. But why?

      It's because deer are getting ready to be in mating season.

      So what should you do if you hit a deer with your car?

      KRCG's Facebook Crew talked with experts today to find out exactly what steps you need take if you hit deer.

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