State officials warn of deer crashes


October 21, 2019 - 10:09 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials say November is peak season for deer-vehicle collisions, and they’re warning drivers not to swerve abruptly to avoid hitting the animal because that could cause more serious crashes.

Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat and food sources cause the deer to move more often in the fall, said Ron Kaufman, a spokesman for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

“Typically, the greatest number of deer-vehicle crashes are in mid-November, when the rut, or mating season, peaks,” Kaufman said. “In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall seeking new food sources and shelter as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, leaving them less secure than in their summer habitats.”

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