Deer mating season causing more car accidents

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 6:44pm

For some, cooler weather means a change in fashion.

For hunters... it means more deer.

Smith County Game Warden, Chris Green says that deer start moving in late October... but now its mating season.

More deer for hunters... but bad for drivers.

"In the last couple of weeks, we've been averaging 2 - 3 deer a day that have been hit by a vehicle"

Green says they get really active in the evening and early morning.

So, he says, "dim headlights and slow down in areas where there are known deer crossings."

Areas to watch for include: Hwy. 110 South (between Tyler and White House), Hwy. 69 South towards the county line, and Hwy. 271.

Green says that if you do hit a deer - first, make sure everyone is OK... then file a police report  and the game warden will be called to come take care of the animal.

"We'll put it down humanely and we donate them to a needy family. Those we can't donate, we give them to the Tiger Creek Refuge".

Another area to watch out for is the intersection of Grande and Old Jacksonville Hwy.

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