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AAA Report: Crashes Involving Animals Up In Suffolk County

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Suffolk County had the third highest number of deer crashes in New York last year. That’s according to a new report from AAA.

AAA counted more than 1,400 vehicle crashes involving animals — usually deer — in Suffolk County last year. That’s 200 more than 2018.

Fran Mayko is with AAA Northeast. She says most deer collisions occur in October, November and December.

“Those are the three months that involve deer mating seasons. But it's also because the time is changing. It's getting darker sooner,” Mayko said.

Authorities have tried for years to reduce the number of deer in Suffolk County, from fertility control to organized hunts. Nassau County had far fewer collisions with animals last year — just 104. Nearby Orange County took the number one spot, followed by St. Lawrence County near Canada.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.