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Friday, 13 November 2020 18:19

Deer Mating Season Increases Chances of Collisions

Written by Jozsef Papp, The Augusta Chronicle

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is warning motorists of an increase in deer on roads because of mating season.

Charlie Killmaster, the state’s deer biologist with DNR’s Wildlife Resource Division, said the state is in the peak of deer-vehicle crashes. He said the increase in crashes is directly correlated with deer entering their breeding period.

 

“Deer are kind of genetically programmed to have their breeding season this time of year, and it’s kind of triggered by the day length,” he said. “You have to pay extra attention to the roadsides.”

 

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, there were 16,416 crashes involving deer in Georgia in 2018 and 17,274 in 2019. According to the 2018 South Carolina Highway Patrol Traffic Collision Fact Book, there were 2,743 such crashes in 2018.

 

According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were over 1.9 million insurance claims involving crashes with animals in the U.S. between July 2019 and June 2020.

 

In 2018, there were 189 in Burke County, 327 in Columbia County and 291 in Richmond County. Richmond County saw 30 more crashes in 2019 for a total of 321, while Columbia County saw an increase of 55 for a total of 382, according to Georgia DOT data. Columbia County Animal Services has already picked up 174 dead deer since Oct. 1.

 

In the Augusta area, most of the deer crashes were reported in October, November and December, which is typically when deer mating season occurs.

 

During mating season, male deer go into rut and begin searching for mates. Killmaster said it greatly contributes...


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