Dead Deer

In 2022, Oakland County had 2,009 vehicle-deer incidents.    

Source:  Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning 

 If the dead deer is in the traveled lanes of the road, RCOC will prioritize the removal with its contractor. If the deer is on the side of the road, RCOC will also assign the pick-up to its contractor. Matters related to safety always take precedence on roads throughout Oakland County.  In late 2020, the RCOC started contracting out the service for dead deer pickup. 

To report deer-related issues, please call us at 877-858-4804 or fill out our form online 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 a short safety video entitled:  "Don't Veer For Deer"

How to Deal with Deer

Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Watch for Deer All Year brochure

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