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September 29, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609)- 292- 2994

DEP COMMISSIONER WARNS PUBLIC ABOUT ERRANT DEER

(04/110) Trenton -- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today urged drivers to be on the lookout for deer.

"Autumn is the breeding season for deer, which makes them increasingly mobile," said Commissioner Campbell. "Commuters need to remain alert and drive with particular caution. Frightened deer can run onto roadways and others may follow."

In the fall, deer population numbers peak, resulting in greater potential for drivers to encounter them on the roadways. Risk is especially great for drivers violating local speed limits.

"When you see deer along the roadside, reduce your speed and be especially wary of any sudden movement," added Campbell.

While deer may be seen crossing roadways at any time of day, they are most active at dawn and dusk. These are the same hours most commuters are traveling to and from work. Drivers can avoid hitting deer by slowing down and being particularly alert in areas where deer typically cross.

 

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