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October 18, 2013

DNR Advises Motorists to be Alert for Deer

by Martha
Photo by Dave Gigloitti

Photo by Dave Gigloitti

Cooling temperatures and changing leaves signal that deer activity is beginning to increase as these animals seek fall food supplies and enter their breeding season. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges motorists to be alert for deer and other wildlife during this time.

In the fall, deer behavior and travel patterns become unpredictable as they search for a mate. Male deer are particularly prone to traveling without concern for roadways and automobiles. Motorists need to be especially alert from sunset to dawn as deer are more active during this period.

DNR offers motorists the following tips to avoid a collision with a deer:

  • Remember that a deer standing along the shoulder may suddenly move into the roadway. Drivers should slow down and sound their horn to scare the deer away from the road.
  • Slow down if a deer is crossing the road ahead. Deer often travel in groups and others may be nearby.
  • Slow down and brake to avoid hitting a deer, but do not swerve, as this may cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the severity of the accident.
  • Be particularly alert for deer in the early morning and late afternoon.
  • Be more alert and slow down in areas where deer crossing signs are posted. These warning signs indicate locations of frequent deer crossings.

Keep up to date with DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service on Facebook and Twitter @MDDNRWildlife.

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