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Study: Chance of hitting deer in New York rises slightly

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of hitting a deer than the average U.S. driver, according to statistics released Monday by State Farm Insurance Co. Pictured is a deer on Fire Island on Aug. 27, 2014. Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of hitting a deer than the average U.S. driver, according to statistics released Monday by State Farm Insurance Co.

The odds that a driver in the Empire State will strike a deer in the next year is 1 out of 154, slightly above the nationwide average of 1 in 169.

Last year, New York drivers had a 1-in-157 chance.

New York ranked 26th in the nation for most deer collisions.

State Farm based its stats on its claim data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

West Virginia topped the chart with a 1-in-39 chance of hitting a deer.

The five states where a driver is most likely to collide with a deer are:

1. West Virginia:  1 in 39

2. Pennsylvania: 1 in 71

3. Montana: 1 in 75

4. Iowa: 1 in 77

5. South Dakota: 1 in 82

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