NJ Motorists Warned To Watch For Deer

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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  • M DES

    Probably the most ignorant comment of I’ve read. Deer and car collisions happen this time of year, are because when they seek each other to mate, they become stupid. The only thing that matters is the other sex. On the flip side when deer seek refuge from hunters they usually go deeper in to the swamps and thick areas of the woods.

  • Bob Orabona

    It’s not a coincidence that the collision increase at the start of the hunting season as deer seek safety from the hunters.

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