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East Tennessee motorists urged to beware of deer

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State highway officials are urging motorists in East Tennessee to be extra cautious now that deer hunting and mating season has arrived.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott told The Greeneville Sun (http://bit.ly/1xW3Utt) that deer-related crashes are most likely to occur between October and January, especially in November.

He says drivers should be aware and cautious in areas where deer are populated, and, most importantly, slow down.

In Tennessee, there were 5,911 deer-related crashes in 2012. That's an increase of 4.2 percent from the 5,670 crashes involving deer the previous year.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the state deer population numbers more than 900,000.

Growth of the Tennessee deer herd is expected to increase at 1 to 2 percent per year, with most expansion occurring in East Tennessee and the Mississippi River counties.

Information from: The Greeneville Sun, http://www.greenevillesun.com

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