Dead Deer

In 2021, Oakland County had the most vehicle-deer crashes in the entire State of Michigan according to  AAA of Michigan.    


Deer Crash Stats by County for 2021 (top five counties) 
Oakland1,853
Kent1,810
Jackson1,544
Ottawa1,391
Lapeer1,355

Source:  AAA


Our staff does their best to prioritize clean-up after vehicle-deer crashes. If the dead deer is in the traveled lanes of the road, RCOC will prioritize the removal with its contractor. If the deer is on the side of the road, RCOC will also assign the pick-up to its contractor. Matters related to safety always take precedence on roads throughout Oakland County.  In late 2020, the RCOC started contracting out the service for dead deer pickup. 


To report deer-related issues, please call us at 877-858-4804 or fill out our form online at Contact Us


Remember, while driving, never veer for deer! Here are a few safety tips:

  • Stay awake and alert
  • Wear a safety belt
  • Most deer are active in the early morning and at dusk/in the evening; pay close attention when driving by wooded and farmland areas
  • If you see a deer, SLOW DOWN; there are likely more nearby
  • Never swerve; instead brake slowly, stay in your lane and bring the vehicle under control if the crash is unavoidable
  • It’s generally safer to hit the deer than run off the road or risk injuring another motorist

Here is a short safety video entitled:  "Don't Veer For Deer"

How to Deal with Deer



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