Dead Deer

In 2019, Oakland County had the most vehicle-deer crashes for the entire State of Michigan according to the  Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning's Michigan Traffic Crash Facts (MTCF).  1,928 incidents were reported county-wide in 2019.   

Deer Crash Stats by County for 2019 (top five counties)  
Oakland 1,928
Kent 1,689
Jackson 1,630
Lapeer 1,394
Ottawa 1,288
Source:  MTCF

Our staff does their best to prioritize clean-up after vehicle-deer crashes. If the dead deer is in the travelled lanes of the road, RCOC will prioritize the removal with its contractor. If the deer is on the side the road, RCOC will also assign the pick up with its contractor. Matters related to safety always take precedence on roads throughout Oakland County.  (In late 2020, the RCOC starting contracting out the service for dead deer pick up.)

To report deer-related issues, please call us at 877-858-4804 or fill out our form on-line at: Contact Us

Remember, while driving, never veer for deer! Here are a few safety tips:
  • Stay awake and alert
  • Wear a safety belt
  • Most deer are active in the early morning and at dusk/in the evening; pay close attention when driving by wooded and farmland areas
  • If you see a deer, SLOW DOWN; there are likely more nearby
  • Never swerve; instead brake slowly, stay in your lane and bring the vehicle under control if the crash is unavoidable
  • It’s generally safer to hit the deer than run off the road or risk injuring another motorist

Here is short safety video entitled:  "Don't Veer For Deer"

How to Deal with Deer

2019 Vehicle-Deer Crashes Press Release (posted 10/7/20)

Deer Crossing Sign