Deer Crashes Increase in Colorado

State Farm Insurance says the number of collisions between vehicles and deer in Colorado has increased by 19 percent since 2004.

The study released this week by the insurance company says most of the car accidents on Highway 82 between Aspen and Glenwood Springs are from collisions with wildlife. The national rate for vehicles colliding with deer also increased nationally in the last five years by 18.3 percent.

Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton says new development along Highway 82 is one reason for the increase in wildlife and vehicle collisions in the state.