During the last few years, my awareness of animals, particularly deer, has risen, as has my interest in avoiding them. This seems to have coincided with a general increase in the deer population nationwide and a resulting rise in collisions with them. People spend more time in rural areas, because more people are moving out of cities. There is a vehicle/deer crash every eight minutes in Michigan. Of course, deer aren't the only animals vehicles hit. During the past year, I have read of motorcycle collisions involving moose, bison, cattle, dogs and other animals, but deer are the most common impact points. In a few areas, deer collisions outnumber all other accidents. Approximately 150 Americans a year die as a result of 700,000 collisions with deer, which cause more than a billion dollars in damage.