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NJ Motorists Warned To Watch For Deer

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A deer crosses in front of a car on a road (credit: AP)

A deer crosses in front of a car on a road – File / Photo: AP

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Officials were warning motorists in New Jersey to be on the lookout for deer.

State Fish and Wildlife deputy director Lawrence Herrighty said it’s the beginning of breeding season when male deer start chasing does.

Herrighty said deer were most active during dawn and dusk.

The Highway Loss Data Institute and wildlife officials said collisions increase in late September and peak in November.

The state Transportation Department removed 6,028 deer carcasses from roads in 2009.

State Farm Insurance told The Star-Ledger of Newark that Garden State motorists face a “medium risk” for hitting deer.

The odds are 1 in 183 compared to Pennsylvania, where the odds are 1 in 85.

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