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Officials warning of high deer traffic on newly opened interstate

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The Department of Natural Resources says this is still the mating season, where deer are much more active, but most accidents can be avoided. The Department of Natural Resources says this is still the mating season, where deer are much more active, but most accidents can be avoided.

A warning for drivers on the newly opened stretch of I-69.

Indiana State Police say in the six weeks the interstate has been open, there have been 28 accidents, 24 of those collisions with deer. Troopers say only one accident resulted in injuries, but there was major damage to some vehicles.

The Department of Natural Resources says this is still the mating season, where deer are much more active, but most accidents can be avoided.

"The main problem is one, people aren't paying attention, it's a new road that's going through deer country, everywhere in Indiana is deer country, the deer aren't used to their being large traffic volumes there so they're just walking a normal path," said Wildlife Biologist Jeff Thompson.

Be aware, officials say, when you see one deer, there's like more to follow.

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