Georgia Wildlife Officials strongly recommend drivers to be on high alert because the deer mating season has begun. According to state deer biologist Charlie Killmaster, drivers must avoid getting distracted by texting or other activities in order to avoid animal-car collisions.
As days have become shorter, commuters may run into many deer on the roads because these shy animals are most active at dusk and dawn. During the mating season, which lasts until late December, males are roaming in order to find mates, and that is why drivers might come across these animals on the roadways.
Experts stress that deer are very unpredictable, so if you see one on any side of the road, you should be very cautious because although the animal might seem calm, it can jump in front of the car in a blink of an eye.
Also, when they are startled by vehicles, these animals try to cross the road instead of running in the other direction. Whenever a deer crosses the road, the driver must slow down and be cautious because these animals are not solitary, as they live and move in groups, so if one deer crosses the road, the others will most likely follow.
As previously mentioned, white-tailed deer are most active during dusk and dawn so the highest chances of encountering them are in the late evening and early morning, so commuters are the ones who should be on high alert.
Although drivers can always encounter these shy animals on the roads, the highest mortality rate caused by deer-car collisions has been recorded between October and December, during the breeding season.
Deer are not to blame for this issue because many roadways cross their natural habitat. Especially during winter, these animals find reliable sources of foods on road shoulders.
It is worth mentioning that they consume these plants during late summer and early spring as well. Georgia officials have released a new mating season map to inform drivers about the areas where they are most likely to encounter these animals.
Specialists advise all drivers that in the worst-case scenario when a collision is inevitable, the best way to minimize damage is to slow down as much as they can instead of swerving because even if they avoid hitting the deer, they can collide with another car or end up hitting a massive tree.
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