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Officials Remind Motorists to Watch for Deer

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The Game and Fish Department reminds drivers to watch for deer along roadways, especially this time of year. Most accidents involving deer happen between October and early December.

Some precautions can be taken to prevent an accident. It's important to pay attention to deer crossing signs. If you see one deer, anticipate that more will follow. Slow down immediately and honk your horn.  Also, if you're driving at night, slow down and exercise caution. Most deer-vehicle accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most often moving around.

If an accident is inevitable, try to brake as much as possible and stay on the road. Don't swerve or enter the ditch.  You risk less injury by hitting the deer.

If an accident does happen, the driver may not need to report it. A new law passed by the 2013 state legislature eliminates the need for drivers to report a deer-vehicle accident if only the vehicle is damaged. But, accidents that involve injury or other property damage still must be reported.

Permits are still required to take parts or the whole carcass of a road-killed deer. Permits are free and available from game wardens and local law enforcement offices.

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