Time To Be Careful: Here A Deer, Everywhere A Deer

It's that increasingly deer-angerous time of year.

It's an increasingly deer-angerous time of year.

HARRISBURG PA – It’s now the season when white-tailed deer get caught in more than just headlights, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reminded drivers Wednesday (Sept. 21, 2011). Motorists must be extra careful, particularly at dawn and dusk, to reduce the risk of hitting a deer with their cars, commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said.

Deer collisions are an annual occurrence that will continue through Thanksgiving week and begin to decline in mid-December. For public safety, the commission urged motorists to drive cautiously after dark during the next several months.

“Personal tragedies and property losses caused by deer-vehicle collisions touch the lives of Pennsylvanians statewide,” Roe said. “It’s an unfortunate and often painful consequence of living with white-tailed deer.”

If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to stay their distance because some deer may recover and move on. However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are asked to report the incident to a local law enforcement agency. If the deer must be put down, the commission will direct the proper person to do so, Roe added.

The fall the deer-breeding season isn’t the only period during which deer-vehicle collisions increase, according to the commission. The other is in the spring, as does separate from other deer to give birth to fawns.

Photo from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety

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