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Oxford holds controlled hunts to lower deer population, The DM Online, March 10, 2016According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, there are an estimated 1.75 million white-tailed deer roaming around Mississippi. In August 2010, Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson and the Board of Aldermen developed a deer management plan with the help of the city’s Emergency Management department. The goal of the plan is to ensure public safety and reduce property damage caused by the overpopulation of white-tailed deer in Oxford by conducting controlled hunts. That chance fell to one in 88 in 2014, but Mississippi Highway Patrol still estimate more than 3,400 deer-related crashes occurred that year. “If we go to a wreck and the deer is maimed, not dead but severely injured, we will put it down for humane sakes so it doesn’t suffer. We do get that a lot,” McCutchen said.

Deer causes early morning accident in Jackson, WMCactionnews5.com, Feb 5, 2016An early morning accident on Greenwood Avenue in Jackson was the result of a deer running in front of the car. The driver told our crew that he was trying to avoid hitting the deer when he ran off the road.

Deer-vehicle collisions likely in Mississippi, HattiesburgAmerican, Oct 6, 2014According to new claims data from State Farm, the odds drivers will hit a deer in Mississippi in the coming year are 1 out of 84, twice the national average of 1 in 169. This keeps Mississippi in the top 10 list of states for the likelihood of a deer-vehicle collision.

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