Deer More Likely on Arkansas Highways This Fall

OCTOBER 17, 2005 - Posted at 8:06 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Arkansas officials are warning motorists that there is a greater chance of motor vehicle collisions with deer in the fall season.

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission says deer mating season peaks in the first two weeks of November.  That means deer are more likely to be on the move and the chances increase that the animals will cross highways.

Game & Fish officials say motorists should be particularly attentive just before and after sunrise and sunset, and overnight.  Officials advise motorists to not swerve around a deer because hitting the deer is usually the better option than hitting a tree or rolling over.

Game & Fish officials say motorists should slow when they see deer on the side of the road because the deer could bolt at any time.

And, of course, officials say always wear a seat belt.

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