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October 8, 2003

Contact: Jack Kaskey
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DEP 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.

 

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