11/10/2013 7:02 PM
CHARLESTON - State game officials are warning drivers to be on the lookout for deer, as West Virginia enters the peak season for these encounters. Gary Foster of the Division of Natural Resources says 40 percent of the state's deer collisions happen in October and November because mating season and hunters in the woods make the deer more active and likely to be on the move. State Farm Insurance says the typical deer collision costs $3,414 in damage, and the average West Virginia driver has a 1-in-41 chance of hitting a deer during the next year. The Mountain State is often ranked highest in the country for deer collisions each year.