Nationwide, Deer Collisions Expensive

There are an estimated 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions annually in the U.S., resulting in damages of about $1 billion according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist.

In Texas where feral hogs are a problem, hog-related traffic accidents occur at an average rate of about 1 percent of the hog population or more yearly, said Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist.

“This means an estimated 10,000 hog-vehicle collisions for each 1 million hogs,” he said.

Expect this kind of statistic to come up in the debate surrounding efforts to increase the use of ‘wildlife crossing zones’ like the debate on HB 1238 last year.

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