Florida Vehicle-Deer Collisions Up 38 Percent in Past Five Years

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Just about every interesting statistic in the news these days somehow relates to the economy -- or at least the talking heads try to relate it to the economy. Fewer Cubans migrating to America? It's because of the recession. Lower divorce rate? The recession. People trying their hand at prostitution? Recession.

Refreshingly, here is a factoid we can't figure out a way to relate to the economy at all: Vehicle-deer collisions in Florida are up 38 percent in the past five years. That's compared to just an 18.3 percent increase in the United States, according to statistics collected by State Farm. The insurance company estimates the likelihood of your vehicle hitting a deer in the next year is 1 in 1,147.13.

Hitting a deer is more likely during the mating and migrations season in October, November, and December from 6 to 9 p.m.

So why are they up so drastically? Likely because of increasing deer populations and urban sprawl. Which... uh, I guess that does relate to the economy after all. Except it's not a result of the recession, but rather the unchecked development boom before it. So basically dead deer are the recession.

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