- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

ST. ANSGAR, Iowa (AP) - A new deer crossing warning sign in northern Iowa is attracting attention and mixed reactions.

“Suicidal deer” says the sign just outside of St. Ansgar (ANZ’-gur), with another sign underneath that says, ‘Next 2 mi.”

The signs along Iowa Highway 105 sit near Sally Hertel’s land. She says she found the deer sign a little insensitive. But Becky Dodson, who also lives near the sign, says she thought it was funny.

Mitchell County officials got the idea after seeing postings about a similar sign in central Illinois.

Mitchell County Supervisor Stan Walk in Iowa says the county didn’t intend to offend anyone in its effort to prevent accidents caused by the numerous deer in the area. He says officials wanted the sign to be an attention-getter, and it has been.

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