The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges motorists to be especially alert this autumn to avoid vehicle/deer accidents.
“Fall is an extremely active time for wildlife, especially deer,” said Colonel Ken Soring, DNR Enforcement director. “Drivers need to remain alert and drive with particular caution this time of year.”
In the fall, deer population numbers are at a peak. Consequently, the potential for drivers to encounter them on the roadways is greatly increased. In addition, autumn is the breeding season for white-tailed deer and reproductive urges cause the animals to become increasingly mobile throughout October and November.
“When you see deer along the roadside, reduce your speed and be wary of any sudden movement,” said Soring. “If a deer crosses the road, others may follow in its path.”