Watch Out for Deer and Moose on the Roads: DEEP - NBC Connecticut

Watch Out for Deer and Moose on the Roads: DEEP



    Deer Collisions Increase in Late November

    The end of November is the most dangerous time of the year for drivers with more and more deer making their way onto roads and highways.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2018)

    The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding drivers to watch out for deer and moose on the roads as we move into their breeding season.

    Fall is peak breeding season for moose, and breeding season for white-tailed deer runs from October through late December.

    Drivers should pay attention to “deer crossing” signs along the highway and keep an eye when driving through wooded areas, particularly during early morning and evening hours.

    DEEP officials said there were more than 4,000 deer strikes in Connecticut last year, though many go unreported. Approximately 4,122 deer were killed.

    According to DEEP data, the most crashes involving deer happened in Glastonbury.

    Because of their height, moose often wind up hitting windshields when hit by cars. Drivers are advised to slow down if they see a moose or deer by or on the road. Moose-involved accidents are more likely than deer-related crashes to cause injury to humans.

    All moose and deer vehicle crashes should be reported to local, state, or DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Officers at 860-424-3333.

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