Delaware drivers risk encountering deer

Drivers in the First State are being advised to watch out for deer, especially near sunset.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife says deer are most likely to wander near or across roadways between dusk and midnight, or near sunrise.  Fall is the mating season for deer.  Larger buck-deer may weigh 180 pounds or more, with the potential of doing serious damage to a vehicle if struck.  The state says there were 808 collisions involving vehicles and animals in 2010, resulting in 740 personal injuries.  The state’s deer population has stabilized in the past six years, but deer are still numerous and drivers should use caution:  be especially alert near deer crossing signs, and if you spot an animal slow down and blow the horn.  If you see one deer, there are likely to be more nearby.  If you strike a deer, do not get close to the wounded animal, which may be dangerous. 

 

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