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October 19, 2011

Driver's Urged to Drive with Caution

Pella — ‘Tis the time of the season. Not Halloween. Whitetail deer.

For the next month, Iowa’s whitetail deer will be more active and more visible to drivers. November is typically the month with the highest number of deer/vehicle collisions in Iowa. Three facts add to the increase: 1) bucks become more active during the peak of November's breeding period, 2) the harvest of crops find the deer looking elsewhere for cover and 3) the morning and evening commute for drivers is now intersecting with the most active periods for deer, sunrise and sunset.

Drivers are urged to remain alert:

  • Scan roadsides for deer, especially approaching creek crossings, brushy or forested fence lines or ridges leading up to the road
  • When one deer is seen, expect more
  • Slowing down during the low-light of morning and evening increases a driver's reaction time to the sudden move of deer

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