About 49,000 were reported to state police last year. That's down 8 percent from 2011 and down 20 percent from 2009.
Why? It could be a smaller deer population, better drivers or simply fewer crashes being reported to police. Brent Rudolph of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources believes the deer herd has been shrinking in the southern Lower Peninsula.
Car-deer crashes still can have tragic results. State police said 1,300 people were injured last year and eight people died, including three on motorcycles.
Oakland County was No. 1 with about 1,700 crashes. Kent County was No. 2 after three years in the top spot.