URGES MOTORISTS TO BE ALERT FOR DEER IN THE FALL
(03/144) TRENTON -- Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M.
Campbell urges motorists to be especially alert while driving
this autumn, as it is a time when many vehicles strike deer
throughout the state.
"Autumn is an extremely active time
for wildlife, especially deer," Campbell said. "Commuters
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 Martin J. McHugh, director of the DEP's Division of
Fish and Wildlife. "If a deer crosses the road, others
may follow in its path."
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 during these hours and being particularly alert in
areas where deer typically cross.