Mary­land mo­torists: Stay alert for deer!

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION -

Cool­ing tem­per­a­tures, col­or­ful fo­liage and un­pre­dictable wildlife – all signs that the fall sea­son is upon us in the Old Line State. As such, the Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources urges mo­torists to stay alert for deer and other wildlife this time of year as these an­i­mals seek food sup­plies and mates be­fore win­ter.

“Deer in­crease their move­ments sig­nif­i­cantly dur­ing the breed­ing sea­son from mid-Oc­to­ber through Novem­ber as they search for mates,” Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Paul Peditto said. “Mo­torists should be es­pe­cially cau­tious from dusk to dawn when deer are most ac­tive and likely to be en­coun­tered on the road.” Mo­torists are re­minded to:

• Be par­tic­u­larly at­ten­tive in the early morn­ing and evening pe­ri­ods.

• Grad­u­ally brake to avoid hit­ting a deer; do not swerve as this may cause you to lose con­trol of a ve­hi­cle.

• Slow down if a deer crosses the road ahead. Deer of­ten travel in groups and oth­ers may be nearby.

• Stay alert and slow­down in ar­eas where deer cross­ing signs are posted. These in­di­cate lo­ca­tions of fre­quent deer ac­tiv­ity.

• Watch the shoul­der. Be alert for deer stand­ing along the shoul­der as they may sud­denly move into the road­way. Slow down and sound your horn to scare them away.

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