Drivers: Be aware of deer! Rutting Season is here!

Oct 2, 2023 | Community, Featured

The fall and winter months are peak season for deer-vehicle collisions in our area since bucks are on the rut and moving in higher numbers. These collisions are dangerous and can be very costly. 

Please be careful when driving during this time, and consider the following simple yet effective precautions to prevent collisions:

  • Make sure your observe speed limits. The lower your speed, the lower your risk of hitting an animal.
  • Be mindful of the time of day: use extra caution at dusk and dawn. If you drive during the night, use your high-beams, as appropriate, and look out for eye-shine reflections by the roadside. 
  • If you see one deer approaching, it’s likely that more will follow since deer often travel in groups.
  • If you see a deer approaching, do not swerve to avoid it. Stick to your lane, break, and blow your horn. This will confuse the animal. Swerving may cause collisions with other cars or roadside objects.
  • If you do hit a deer, only attempt to move it from the road if you are certain you can do so safely. Remember to switch on your hazards to alert other drivers and alert the local police.