Deer Activity Up, Risky for Drivers

Oct 23, 2012

Two deaths over the weekend are the results of car collisions with deer.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife’s Mike McAllister says while the fatalities are unusual, hitting deer this time of year is not.

“Deer are on the move, looking to breed,” he said. “It’s a time when people travelling in a vehicle need to be paying extra special attention for deer.”

He says we’re about to hit the height of breeding season, “in about another seven to 10 days, and will last for about three weeks.”

He says there’s usually a second, smaller breeding period that happens in December.

McAllister says, if you see a deer, don’t swerve, as that could cause a roll-over or collision with oncoming traffic.

The best strategy is to be watchful and slow down.