A deer-motorcycle collision has claimed the life of a local man, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and the Grantsburg Police Department. 

According to Sheriff Tracy Finch, the BCSO was informed of the crash early on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 3:19 a.m., with a call about a motorcycle crash on County Road D, which is in the village of Grantsburg. Upon arrival, a BCSO deputy observed a deceased male, a motorcycle and a deceased deer in the ditch.  

Based on the scene, it was apparent that the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on County Road D and struck the deer causing the operator of the motorcycle to be ejected off the motorcycle.  

The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as Scott Clifford, 39, of Grantsburg.

“The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Grantsburg Police Department and the Burnett County Medical Examiner’s office for their assistance with this crash,” Sheriff Tracy Finch stated.

Service details for Scott Clifford were not available at press time.