Motorists are advised to watch for deer crossing roadways this time of year, especially at dawn and dusk. Deer are very active right now, as the mating season, or rut, is underway and bucks and does have their minds on other things than traffic!
According to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department deer biologist Dan Bergeron, a hefty percentage – almost a third – of all deer-vehicle collisions in New Hampshire occur from mid-October through the end of November (see graph at http://www.wildnh.com/Wildlife/brake_for_deer.html. In a typical year, an estimated 1,200 deer/vehicle collisions occur in New Hampshire.
A few things to keep in mind to reduce the chances of colliding with a deer on the road:
- Be especially cautious when driving at dawn and dusk, when deer are most active.
- Remember, deer are creatures of habit. If you have seen deer crossing the road in a certain location, slow down and use caution when driving in that area.
- If you see one deer on the road, keep a sharp eye out for others.
“Don’t get distracted watching the doe disappear into the woods,” said Bergeron. “Stay alert — her fawns or a rutting buck may be following close behind.”
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conserves and manages the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Learn more at http://www.wildnh.com.
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