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Motorists urged to use caution as deer become more active

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 12:41:30-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As fall sets in, deer are becoming more active. With that, the Nebraska Game and Parks Department wants to remind drivers to be more cautious and has offered up some tips to help them avoid collisions with deer.

According to the department, deer are in the middle of their mating season and the fields where they normally take shelter are currently being harvested...leaving them less ground to occupy.

To help drivers avoid collisions with deer on roadways, they've offered up a number of tips:

  • During the breeding season, bucks become more active searching for does with which to breed. Bucks are bolder, less wary and more susceptible to collisions with vehicles. Deer movement peaks each day near dawn and dusk.
  • Anticipate the possibility of a deer on the road and plan how to avoid a collision. Be prepared to stop suddenly, but braking too sharply or swerving may cause you to lose control and roll your vehicle.
  • Wear your seat belt.
  • When driving near shelterbelts, woodlots or creeks, especially during evening or early morning, slow down and watch for deer. Keep your headlights on bright if there is no approaching traffic.
  • When you spot a deer, assume there will be others in the same area.
  • Deer often seem to be disoriented or confused by headlights. Some react by freezing in the light, some dart into the path of the vehicle and others bolt away. Honk your horn and flash your headlights to frighten deer away. If there is other traffic on the road, activate your emergency flashers and tap your brakes to alert other drivers to the potential danger.
  • Many places where deer-vehicle collisions occur are posted with deer crossing signs.
  • If a deer is struck, the driver may take possession of it but must contact a Game and Parks conservation officer within 24 hours to obtain a salvage tag. View conservation officer phone numbers at OutdoorNebraska.gov/ConservationOfficers [links.govdelivery.com].