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Indiana Couple Could Face Jail Time for Saving a Deer

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Should an Indiana couple go to jail for saving a deer?

That’s the question surrounding the case of Jeff and Jennifer Counceller, who rescued an injured fawn and nursed it back to health at their Connersville, Ind., home.  The couple now faces the possibility of jail time and fines after state officials charged them with a misdemeanor for harboring the animal.

Jeff, a police officer in Connersville, and his wife were charged with unlawful possession of a deer, a misdemeanor that punished to its fullest extent could put the Councellers in jail for up to 60 days and cost them up to $2,000 in fines.

The couple rescued the deer more than two years ago after finding it on their neighbor’s porch.  The Councellers said the deer had sustained injuries, and they wanted to nurse it back to health.

“I could feel all of the open wounds all along her back side and she wouldn’t stand up,” Jennifer told ABC News.

They brought the deer home and named her Little Orphan Dani.

The Councellers said an Indiana Conservation Officer stopped by their home and discovered the deer this past summer.  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources wanted to euthanize Dani, saying she might be dangerous and a threat to people.

“I was devastated.  I spent a year and several months nursing her into adulthood, getting to the point where she was able to go out on her own,” Jennifer said.

On the day Dani was to be put down, the Councellers said she inexplicably escaped from their backyard.  Even though Dani disappeared back into the wild, the Councellers’ legal problems didn’t go with the fawn.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said it couldn’t comment on pending litigation but that it did discourage people from taking in injured wildlife.  

The case could go to court next month, and if charges aren’t dropped, it will be left for a jury to decide whether the Councellers broke the law.

“No matter what the law is, we did what was right for the animal,” Jennifer said.

Meanwhile, the story has caused uproar on the Internet.  A Facebook support page has more than 6,400 “Likes” in support of the couple.  An online petition to drop the charges already has more than 3,800 signatures.

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Deer Stranded on Ice Coaxed to Safety

WCBV/ABC News(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Massachusetts rescue crews braved frozen waters in two separate rescues Friday to bring stranded deer to safety.

The state environmental police, the Waltham fire department and the Animal Rescue League managed to coax the first deer from the slippery ice at Stony Brook Basin in Waltham Friday, ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV reported.

A short while later, rescuers responded to a report that another deer was stranded in the Cambridge Reservoir in Waltham.

As it tried to escape, the deer was captured on video slipping and sliding on the ice as rescuers slowly made their way to the animal using an inflatable raft.

The rescue crews were able to subdue the deer and bring it to safety on land. The doe was taken for a medical evaluation and later had to be euthanized, WCVB reported.

A third deer was found dead Friday on the ice in Waltham.

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Fall Danger: How to Avoid Deer Versus Car Crashes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) -- As the nation heads deeper into the fall season, the chances of Americans having a car crash involving a deer greatly increases.

More than a million deer-versus-car collisions occur annually in the U.S., according to data released Monday by State Farm Insurance.

The good news: that represents a 7 percent decline from the previous year.  The bad news: November and October, respectively, are the two most dangerous months for hitting a deer.

“State Farm’s data shows that November, the heart of the deer migration and mating season, is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely,” the insurer said in a statement.  “More than 18 percent of all such mishaps take place during the 30 days of November.”

Drivers in West Virginia carry the greatest risk of hitting a deer with their car -- a 1 in 53 chance -- according to State Farm.  The best place to drive, deer-free, appears to be Hawaii.

“The odds of a Hawaiian driver colliding with a deer between now and 12 months from now are approximately equal to the odds that that driver is a practicing nudist,” said the insurer.

[Click here to view State Farm’s map and see how your state ranks]

It can be a costly accident; State Farm estimates that the average cost of car repairs after a deer collision is more than $3,000.

To reduce your chances of hitting a deer, State Farm offers the following tips:  Be aware of posted deer crossing signs.  These are placed in active deer crossing areas.

Remember that deer are most active between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Use high-beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.  Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds -- if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.

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November Most Dangerous Month for Deer Collisions

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Deer hits are not unusual in November. In fact, your chance of hitting a deer rises threefold this month because this is breeding season. Bucks are chasing does and many end up in the middle of the road.

"It's a big problem, particularly this time of year," says Kim Hazelbaker, a senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute. "We see literally hundreds of thousands of claims that cost insurers hundreds of millions of dollars and these of course have to be paid for by all of us who are insured," he says. The average cost of repairs is between $2,500 and $3,000 when an auto and deer collide.

Drivers in nearly half the country have a medium to high chance of having an encounter with a deer on the road. The most dangerous state: West Virginia, where drivers have a one in 42 chance of hitting a deer.

The number of deer and collisions with autos have been increasing the past several years.

About 200 people lose their lives each year in one of these collisions.

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West Virginia Has Highest Risk of Deer-Car Accidents

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) -- For the fourth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a driver is most likely to collide with a deer.  Auto insurer State Farm determined a driver's odds of hitting a deer in the state is one-in-42.

Iowa ranks second on the list, with odds of one-in-67, followed by Michigan with one-in-70.  Hawaii finishes off the list in last place,  with the odds of striking a deer standing at one-in-13,011.

State Farm said while the number of miles driven by U.S. motorists over the past five years has increased just two percent, the number of deer-vehicle collisions in this country during that time has grown by 10 times that amount.

Using its claims data, the company estimated 2.3 million collisions between deer and vehicles occurred in the U.S. during the two-year period ending on June 30. That's 21.1 percent more than five years earlier.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. cause about 200 fatalities each year. The average damage to a car or truck is $3,103.

The deer migration and mating season falls in the months of October, November and December, which happens to be the time period with the highest number of deer-car collisions.  More accidents are expected this year than in past seasons, since the deer population is growing and their habitats are being displaced by urban sprawl.´╗┐

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