Safe deer interaction in the fall

It’s that time of year…

…when it’s getting dark earlier, raining often and visibility is poor. When driving it can be harder to see deer (and people) crossing the road. As well, late October and November is the “rutting season,” when bucks can move suddenly and unpredictably.

There are steps you can take to help avoid a vehicle-deer collision:

  • Scan the road ahead and from side to side
  • Be especially cautious at dawn and dusk.
  • Watch your speed and be vigilant when driving at night. A slower speed will give you more time to react.
  • If you see one deer cross the road, always assume there will be more.
  • Watch for deer coming out from between parked cars.

When walking or jogging with your dog:

  • Keep your dog on a leash.
  • If you encounter a deer, pull your dog close to you, turn your dog away from the deer and prevent it from barking.
  • Reverse direction away from the deer and take another route.
  • Be watchful for deer when walking at dawn and dusk.

Be deer aware.

Bucks and does are more active at this time of the year. It’s very important to do a thorough check of your yard for deer before letting your dog out.


photo credit: midlander1231 Evening in the Forest via photopin (license)