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Data from 548 reported accidents involving white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and vehicles in Lynchburg during the years 1987-1991 were summarized. A majority (54.4%) occurred in the months October, November and December with 25.9% occurring in November. While accidents occurred at all hours, most (50%) occurred between 1700 and 0100 hrs.; about 12% occurred between 0600 and 0900 hrs. Accidents occurred on all days of the week (range 12.8% to 17.0%) and were not higher on work days. Adverse weather did not seem to he a factor increasing collisions; 80% of collisions occurred in clear weather. Most (75%) accidents occurred in dark conditions; 50% occurred on lighted highways. Accidents resulted in 9 human injuries and 1 human fatality.