Motorists Advised of Deer on Roadways

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Motorist Advised of Deer on HighwaysMotorists are advised to remain alert and exercise caution when driving after dark as young-of-the-year deer are beginning to disperse from their home ranges.

Increased activity by young deer is a main reason why June is considered a peak month for deer-vehicle accidents. Most accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most active. If an accident does happen, a local law enforcement agency should be contacted.

Also, a permit is required if someone wants to take parts or the whole carcass of a road-killed deer. Permits are free and available from North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game wardens, as well as other local law enforcement offices.

A few precautions can minimize chances of injury or property damage in a deer-vehicle crash:

  • If a deer is crossing the road, there is a good chance a second or third will follow.
  • Motorists should slow down and honk the horn when seeing deer on the road.
  • Pay attention on roadways posted with Deer Crossing Area caution signs as deer are known to be in the area.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Don’t swerve or take the ditch to avoid hitting a deer. Try to brake and stay on the roadway.