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New fencing aims to 'deerter' animal collisions on interstate

GDOT just finished installing new fencing along segments of I-75 in Lowndes, Tift, Turner and Crisp counties. / Mary Green

Before you hit the road for the holidays, the Georgia Department of Transportation is working to keep deer away from your car.

GDOT just finished installing new fencing along segments of I-75 in Lowndes, Tift, Turner and Crisp counties to stop deer from entering the roadway.

The fencing that was previously in place was four to five feet high, while the new fencing is eight feet tall and made of a heavier material.

"I'm told by the state deer biologist with the Department of Natural Resources that a deer can clear eight feet, but typically, they won't jump that high unless they're being chased by a predator," GDOT District Communications Officer Nita Birmingham said.

GDOT will also be installing wire on the bottom of the fences to prevent deer and other animals from crawling under it.

According to GDOT, there were 15,479 collisions with animals reported on state routes last year, with 8,263 reported with deer specifically. GDOT said those animal collisions caused 969 reported injuries and 16 deaths in Georgia.

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