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Deer Fun Facts


A female deer is called doe or hind; a male deer is called stag or buck; baby deer is called fawn or yearling.

Deer can swim.

The deer lifespan is about 10 years in the wild.

Deer live in their established territories for life—it is said that they prefer to starve than to leave their territory.

Mule deer have no upper teeth.

Deer and Airplanes

Airplanes in America collide with an average of 2 deer each year on runways (according to federal records).

Deer and Cars

Deer kill about 150-170 people each year (from car accidents).

Annual Deer collisions: there are about 1.5 million vehicle collisions with deer each year, costing over $1 billion (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

State Farm Insurance Report

State Farm Insurance publishes every year one of the most inclusive reports of car collisions with deer. The following are some results from previous years.


The 2008 report uses data from last half of 2007 and first half of 2008:

States in which you are most likely to collide with deer:Details of the 2008 Report:
1. West VirginiaThere is a 1 in 45 chance for a vehicle to collide with deer over a one-year period—the highest in the nation.
2. MichiganThere is a 1 in 78 chance of colliding with a deer.
3. PennsylvaniaThere is a 1 in 97 chance of colliding with deer.
4. IowaThere is a 1 in 105 chance of colliding with deer.
5. ArkansasThere is a 1 in 108 chance of colliding with deer.
6. South Dakota
7. Wisconsin
8. Montana
9. North Dakota
10. Virginia


The 2006 State Farm’s annual claim statistics show the following states as the ones with the highest number of deer/car collisions. Data were taken between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006.

States in which you were most likely to collide with deer in 2006:
1. Pennsylvania
2. Michigan
3. Illinois
4. Ohio
5. Georgia
6. Virginia
7. Minnesota
8. Texas
9. Indiana
10. South Carolina