Sheriff warns drivers to beware of deer

(WMC-TV) - With deer season approaching, one North Mississippi sheriff said Friday he wants to warn drivers to beware.

"If you see a couple of eyes out there, slow down," said DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco.  "These bucks are going to chase those does around everywhere, plus it's hunting season and the deer are going to be moving in different places."

Rasco said the deer population has increased considerably in DeSoto County and their habitat is disappearing due to construction.

DeSoto County resident Karen Sneed said she is shocked by how the deer population has increased.

"You have to watch out, and when there's one pops out, there's usually more that follows," said Sneed.

Last year, more than 3,000 motorists collided with deer in Mississippi.  Experts said if a deer does jump out in front of you, do not veer into the other lane and hit a car or get off the road, just hit the deer.

Driver Jane Coker said she uses a device attached to her car called deer whistles.  They work with airflow when the car is moving.

"I see deer on the side of the road and they've always stopped," said Coker.  "That's why I've had them on for 10 years.

Coker said the deer whistles work well.  They can be purchased at auto parts stores.  Some DeSoto County Sheriff's Department patrol cars have deer whistles installed behind the grills.

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