Motorists warned to watch for deer
October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents. Motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways this time of year because juvenile animals are dispersing from their home ranges.
Motorists are advised to slow down and exercise caution after dark to reduce the likelihood of encounters with deer along roadways. Most deer-vehicle accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most often moving around.
Motorists should be aware of warning signs signaling deer are in the area. When you see one deer cross the road, look for a second or third deer to follow. Also, pay attention on roadways posted with Deer Crossing Area caution signs.
Deer-vehicle accidents are at times unavoidable. If an accident does happen, law enforcement authorities do not have to be notified if only the vehicle is damaged. If the accident involves personal injury or other property damage, then it must be reported.
A permit is required before taking possession of a road-killed deer. Permits are free and available from game wardens and local law enforcement offices.