NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife has a warning for drivers: white-tailed deer movement is expected to rise in May and June.
That means our four-legged friends could become more of a hazard.
"As white-tailed does are preparing to give birth to fawns, their year-old offspring are scattering to find their own territories, sometimes entering areas they wouldn't normally," said Scott Peters, wildlife management supervisor for Division of Wildlife. "At night, dispersing deer may wander across roadways and into highly populated areas of the cities and suburbs. As dawn arrives young deer often find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings and then try to find their way back out of town," Peters added.
Early morning traffic is often heavy where these deer may cross, so commuters should be alert.
Here are some pointers to help keep motorists safe while driving:
- Stay alert during peak deer movement periods of dawn and dusk.
- Drive with caution, slow down if you see a deer. One deer often means more.
- Wear your seat belt as required by law and drive at or below the posted speed limit.
- Use high beams when possible for better visibility.
- Pay attention to deer crossing signs. These signs are placed at locations where deer are known to cross frequently.
- Do not swerve to avoid striking a deer. In some cases, swerving can cause a worse accident and endanger other motorists. Maintaining full control of your vehicle is the most important factor for your safety.