Friday, 16 October 2020 20:28

Deer Crashes in MA Highest in Bristol County

Written by Curt Brown, The Standard Times


Love is in the air for deer and that’s bad news for motorists who travel the roads of southeastern Massachusetts.

From now until early December is what is known as deer rutting season, a time of the year where deer mate and motorists are likely to see them on the highways and byways of Bristol County.


“Historically, this is the time of year when we see the increase in deer strikes,” said Acushnet Police Chief Christopher Richmond.


“They’re everywhere. ’Tis the season,” said Swansea Police Chief George Arruda, adding he has seen as many as a half dozen on the property behind the police station on G.A.R. Highway.


“Where there is one, there’s always another one,” said Detective Kyle Costa, spokesman for the Dartmouth Police Department. “They’re more active during mating season so be cognizant of that also.”


Since Jan. 1 of this year, there have been about 16 deer strikes in Acushnet and another eight to 10 calls where deer were found along the sides of road and the assumption is a vehicle hit the deer and left, according to Richmond.


During the same time period, there have been 14 deer strikes in Swansea, Arruda said.


AAA Northeast of Massachusetts released an advisory Oct. 13, reminding motorists this is the time of year when deer strikes are most likely to happen and that Bristol County had the most deer crashes of any county in Massachusetts last year.


In 2019, there were 1,557 deer strikes in Massachusetts, an average of one every two hours, according to AAA. Bristol County had the most deer strikes of any county in Massachusetts, with 268 for the period of October through December, and 533 for the entire year.

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