Missoula has urban deer and the population of the deer seems to be growing bigger every year. There are a lot of deer in my neighborhood. My neighbors continue to try to do whatever they can to stop them from getting into their yards. They have built higher fences, put reflective tape on their fences, a lot my neighbors have dogs that help prevent the deer from spending time in their yards.

Missoula Driving is Difficult Enough Without Wildlife Thrown Into the Mix

Driving around Missoula is difficult enough with our frustrating intersections, our streets that cause frustration, and our distracted drivers. Adding in the possibility of hitting a deer makes it that much more dangerous.

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Driving to work in the mornings, for me, isn't always easy. Ten months out of the year, I am driving in the dark. The good part of my commute for me is the lack of other drivers early in the morning. The bad part of my commute is the many urban deer that populate my route.

Which Missoula Street Are you Most Likely to Hit a Deer On?

Which Missoula streets are you most likely to hit a deer with your  vehicle. We asked our listeners about streets with high deer populations. For once Reserve street wasn't the most popular answer, even though it was mentioned.

  • Koby- Reserve by 7th had to swerve because of a buck crossing
  • Ashley- Reserve! They think about jumping in front of me every morning
  • Tammy- Reserve. By the cornfields. I'll never forget the monster buck I saw two guys throwing in the back of a truck there.
  • Donna- How about deer hitting you on Reserve.

Reserve Street Makes the List Again

There are a lot of deer off of Reserve Street on Mullan Road.

  • KatieandRich- Mullan Road
  • Lisa- Mullan Rd.
  • Tara- Mullan Rd or 39th
  • Dustin- Rattlesnake or Mullan

This Area By Far Has the Most Urban Deer in Missoula According to Listeners

There is one area that by far was mentioned the most as an area where the chances of hitting a deer with your car are greater than other areas, in Missoula. That is the Southside of town. Upper and Lower Miller Creek Roads, Gharrett Street all got mentions. But two streets got the most mentions, and they are connected, specifically South Higgins and 39th.

  • Randiea- 39th
  • Carl- 39th so many close calls
  • Christopher- 39th for sure
  • Carl- 39th between Russell and Higgins
  • Matt- 39th & Higgins
  • Tara- 39th been there done that
  • Leslie- 39th
  • Raelyn- 39th street
  • Max- 39th from Pattee Canyon entrance to Walmart
  • Pat- 39th
  • Anthony- Hit 2 on 39th
  • Rose- 39th
  • Ally- 39th or Gharrett
  • Rock- 39rh for the win!
  • Ray- S.W. Higgins
  • Tim- 39th
  • Kayla - 39th
  • Cassie- 39th
  • Jeffery- Another vote for 39th
  • Nate- The street exactly parallel to the street with the number 38

Be Careful Driving Anywhere in Montana

Outside of Missoula there is a good chance of hitting a deer too.

  • Vicki- HWY 93, headed west after Orange exit, must have a 30 day temporary sticker on your truck. Deer prefer a truck right off the car lot no more than 12 days old, better chance of flattening exhaust, which causes excessive back pressure, this makes the #8 valve stick and your engine sounds like a gerbil going up and over passes the cheapest part is pulling the hoof print out of the tailgate.
  • Nick- 15 miles before Kalispell coming from Missoula. Happened yesterday.
Credit: Nick Jones via Facebook/Canva
Credit: Nick via Facebook/Canva
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Of course not all wrecks are caused by deer, but some people may still blame the deer.

  • Debbie- Saw this deer on Catlin.
Credit: Debbie Cobell via Facebook
Credit: Debbie via Facebook
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  • Rachel- Higgins. When I was in college, my friend wiped out a curb in my car on the first snow. I wasn’t supposed to let other people drive my car. I told my mom I hit a deer on Higgins. I did not. Sorry, mom, if you follow the Blaze and see this.

Be Safe on Our Missoula Streets

The urban deer population in Missoula isn't going to go away anytime soon. The days are getting shorter and that could mean more of a chance of hitting a deer. Please be safe on Missoula's streets and keep your eyes open for the deer.

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