Why are deer crashing into buildings?

Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 9:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2016 at 1:22 AM CDT
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Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT

RAYMOND, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Two deer have crashed into buildings near Clinton in just one week.

Last night's break-in was at the Enhanced Environmental and Emergency Services Building in Raymond.

The deer had to break through the window and protective burglar bars, plus push furniture out of the way just to get in.

So why is this happening all of the sudden?

Chad Dacus, a Bureau Chief with the Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks says deer aren't just in it for the air conditioning. They don't need much space to live, and they can relocate to urban areas if new neighborhoods are put up where they're used to living.

Plus, this time of year is when they begin to become more active.

"We're actually seeing another peak of movement right now," said Dacus. "And this is one of those times where you're going to start seeing deer along the roadsides. I've actually seen a lot more deer on the roadsides going home in the evenings, going to work in the mornings, and it's because of all the vegetation - like I said, that native vegetation, their native food source, is basically starting to deplete from the summer."

Dacus says deer typically become more active this time of year, so this isn't common, but it isn't unheard of.

"It all has to do with food right now. Things have quit growing. It can happen because a deer gets scared, they see an opening but don't see the glass, and they crash through the glass," Dacus explained. "It can also happen if they see a reflection in that glass, and they think it's another deer, and they want to fight with them."

Workers at Enhanced Environment say they spent the morning cleaning up glass and blood.
"I'm assuming she cut herself coming through the window," said JT Newman, the Vice President of Enhanced Environment. "We got her out of the building - or the guys got her out of the building last night and she ran off. As far as I know she's doing okay."

MDWFP says to prevent something like this, you can cover up the window so that it's not reflective, and so that the deer can't see through into the hallway.

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