Odds of hitting deer in Utah: 1 in 400

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Insurance giant State Farm says vehicle collisions with deer are up across the country, and it provided some statistics for Utah.

Pennsylvania ranked No. 1 with more than 105,000 collisions for the year ending June 30. It was followed closely by Michigan.

West Virginia, however, is the likeliest state for hitting deer. The odds for motorists are 1 in 39.

West Virginia has about one deer for every two residents.

Deer collisions are less of a problem in the wide-open landscapes of the Intermountain West.

Utah had about 5,700 for the reporting year.

State Farm says the odds of hitting a deer in Utah are 1 in 400.

The numbers show that across the country, vehicles hit deer about 100,000 times a month.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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