Monday, October 16th, 2017
DEER MORE LIKELY TO CROSS ROADS AND CAUSE ACCIDENTS AS MATING SEASON GETS UNDER WAY
The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer crossing highways and local roads as days get shorter and deer become more active with mating season under way.
“Deer are involved in thousands of collisions with motor vehicles in New Jersey each year, with the highest number occurring during the fall mating season,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Larry Herrighty. “We strongly urge all motorists to be particularly alert to the possibility of deer suddenly darting onto roadways and to be aware of some steps they can take to reduce the risk of serious injury to themselves or their passengers.”
Deer are apt to suddenly sprint onto roadways as bucks actively pursue does. This activity, known as the fall rut, is most pronounced in the very early morning and around sunset, when visibility can be difficult. Using caution becomes even more important when Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 5, causing commutes to align with periods when deer are most active and lighting conditions can be most difficult for motorists.
For motorists, low levels of light and sun glare can make it very difficult to see deer that are about to cross the road. In addition, multiple deer may cross the road at any given moment, usually in a single file.
The following tips can help motorists stay safe during deer mating season:
Motorists are encouraged to inform the Department of Transportation of dead deer they find along the state highway system, and can share information at: www.nj.gov/transportation/commuter/potholeform.shtm. Municipal and county governments are responsible for removal of dead deer from roads they maintain.
For more information about white-tailed deer in New Jersey, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/deer.htm
For more information on the Community-Based Deer Management Program, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/cbdmp.htm