When you tell someone to think of a dangerous animal, chances are that they think of an animal that is a predator. One that has sharp fangs or teeth, one that is always on the hunt, the one that you would be afraid to run into the middle of the night.

Well, the most dangerous animal in New York State is one that you might have actually fed right out of your hand. One that has walked across your backyard, or one that you might have named and adopted as your outdoor pet.

According to a new study done by femanin.com, the most dangerous animal in New York State is the star of one of the most popular children's movies ever.

The White Tail Deer, aka Bambi.

Yes, the white-tail deer is the most dangerous animal in New York, not because it will attack or stalk you, it is because of how many they are and how often they travel and crossroads.

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Deer vs car accidents happen all the time across New York State and sometimes the accidents can be deadly not only for the deer but for the driver of the vehicle.

According to the New York State Department of Transportation, there are anywhere between 50,000 and 60,000 accidents involving deer and vehicles.


Deer are most active in New York between October and December.  The month with the highest percentage of deer/car accidents is in October.


Most accidents involving deer are near dusk and dawn. This is when deer are most active looking for food. They also usually travel in groups, so if you see one, most likely more are around the area.


There are some ways you can lower your chance of a deer/car collision.

Pay Attention - When driving make sure you are aware of the surrounding areas, especially if you are near wooded areas.

Drive in the Center Lane - If there are multiple lanes, try to drive in the lane farthest from the side of the road. This will give you more time to react if a deer jumps out.

Use high beams if possible - If you are driving when it is dark and no one else is on the road, make sure to use your high beams. It will give you more awareness of deer.


If you do end up hitting a deer with your car, there are several things you should do.

Call 911 - Let the dispatcher know you hit a deer and report any injuries or damage

Do Not Approach the Deer - If the deer is injured, it most likely will be scared and if you approach it, it could end up injuring up by running and jumping

Move Your Car - If possible, move your car to the side of the road and put on your hazards as you wait for first responders to show up.

Annually over 1.5 million accidents in the United States are caused by deer. If you hit a deer make sure to report it and contact your insurance company if there is any damage to your car.

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