Critter Crossing

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Why did the deer cross the road?

Central Michigan University researchers will try to answer that elusive question in an upcoming two-year study. Gov. Granholm is giving the school $135,000 Monday for the study.

They'll track patterns in where and how deer, bobcats and other wildlife make their way across U.S. 127, U.S. 131 and Interstate 75.

The research will help wildlife experts and the state Department of Transportation create road designs that can stem the increasing number of car-deer crashes.

AAA Michigan says there were 21,000 car-deer crashes in 2000. The Transportation Department says those crashes resulted in $130 million in property damage and medical costs.