(09/30/2009)
West Virginia leads the US for the third straight year in data gathered by State Farm Insurance, showing that drivers in West Virginia are more likely to collide with deer than drivers in any other state.

State Farm says there's a one in 39 chance of a vehicle striking a deer in West Virginia, up from one in 45 last year.

Several neighboring states fall into the "high risk" category for deer collisions.

West Virginia motorists claim the problem is directly related to deer over-population.

In Calhoun County, a few years ago it was a major problem to avoid deer during rutting season.

Now, the problem is every night of the year, with motorists being confronted by deer on local highways and roads.


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