Utah officials look at traffic's effect on deer

Utah officials look at traffic's effect on deer

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- As Utah wildlife officials work toward a goal of expanding Utah's deer population to more than 411,000, they are also taking a closer look at the interaction between the animals and traffic on the state's roads.

Some estimates are that 20,000 deer are killed each year on state roadways, but there's no exact number. State records show that in 2008, 20,755 deer were shot by hunters.

Biologists say Utah's deer population is around 300,000. They have a goal of expanding it to 411,300.

Officials have already reduced the 2010 general hunting season to five days, down from nine.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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

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