2009-09-16 / Front Page

Beware of deer on roads!

With an estimated 50,000 deer-car collisions annually in Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division advises motorists to be extra cautious of increased deer this fall season.

"With the deer population hovering around 1.2 million, deercar collisions are occurring more often," explains Don McGowan, WRD biologist.

Deer mating season occurs between October and early December, greatly contributing to the increased movement of deer.

Motorists should be aware of the following:

• Deer are very unpredictable. A deer calmly standing on the side of a road may bolt across the road rather than away from it when startled by a vehicle.

• Slow down when a deer crosses. Deer generally travel in groups, others may follow.

• Deer are most active at dawn and dusk, the same time most people are commuting to and from work.

• If a collision is unavoidable, slow down as much as possible to minimize damage — resist the urge to swerve to avoid the deer as this may send drivers off the road or cause a collision with another vehicle. If an accident occurs, alert the police as soon as possible.

For more information on deer-car collisions in Georgia visit www.georgiawildlife.com.

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