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DNR explains why deer seen in bizarre Upstate locations

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Cindy Laursen's car after a deer ran into it outside of Haywood Mall. (Courtesy Cindy Laursen) Cindy Laursen's car after a deer ran into it outside of Haywood Mall. (Courtesy Cindy Laursen)

Deer are popping up everywhere in the Upstate. You may have seen them along roads, but they're also showing up outside gyms and shopping malls.

FOX Carolina spoke with a woman who came face to face with a white-tailed deer where you'd least expect.

"I was just driving, minding my own business and thinking what my next errand was going to be, and then bam, it just hit me and scared me," said Greenville resident Cindy Laursen.

But Laursen wasn't driving on a rural road when a deer hit the right side of her car, crushing it and sending it straight to the shop.

"I was totally shocked," said Laursen.

She was driving in the middle of the day near one of Greenville's busiest roadways, Haywood Road. The deer-vehicle collision on the busy street was not the only strange deer activity that happened that day.

"The cop said earlier in the day they had gotten a lot of calls about this deer trying to get into Macy's, at least it had good taste," said Laursen.

Earlier in the week another deer slammed into a door at Anytime Fitness in Spartanburg.

Greg Lucas with the SC DNR says a few of these encounters happen every year and were probably just as much of a shock for the deer involved.

"When they get in an urban environment they get overwhelmed with noises, horns, trains and people," said Lucas. "It's very different than woodland or field sounds they're used to. They hit a lot of stimuli they're not used to and just act differently than normal."

We're now well into the rut, or breeding season, for deer, which happens late October to early November every year. Lucas says that might explain why some deer behave so oddly.

"Deer, like other animals, see themselves in the reflection of glass, and especially male deer and bucks will try to fight that reflection," said Lucas.

South Carolina wildlife officials say the deer population is right where it has been the last several years.

The state ranks 18th in the country when it comes to vehicle-deer collisions, according to State Farm.

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