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Mentor trying out Deer Deter -- digital scarecrow for deer

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As fall approaches, driving gets more dangerous -- and it gets harder to see deer.   

However, new technology could change that.    

A local city is testing a new project to prevent accidents involving the animals. 

We all know how beautiful and how destructive deer can be, but the city of Mentor is using technology to keep drivers safe.

It's called Deer Deter -- think of it as a digital scarecrow.

The pilot program will start on Lakeshore Boulevard just east of Hopkins.

That area was chosen because nearby Veterans Park and Mentor Marsh Nature Preserve lead to a number of accidents between deer and cars.

Mentor will be the first city in the state to have the technology.

Mentor leads the state in accidents involving animals, and the city is hoping this is a big move in the right direction to protect drivers.

The project is fully funded by ODOT and the federal government. 

It is a three-year project that could pave the way for several cities in Northeast Ohio to use the technology.

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