Deer looking to mate could cause more traffic accidents, local sheriff says


OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — This time of year is known as “rut season,” also known as the mating season for deer.

With these deer out looking for “love,” this means they’re also moving more and crossing the roads. According to Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson, they see more collisions during this season.

“We have problems with it,” Olson said. “You know all across the county at times when you know we have an influx in motor vehicle crashes when it comes to deer and other game, usually winds up being hogs or deer.”

He said that if you are on backroads, pay attention to your surroundings.

“So always make sure to just pay attention to the sides of the road, and if you see deer take proper measures and slow down and just try to pay attention because you know the damage that they can do to your car is significant,” Olson said.

Olson said that even the sheriff’s office runs into this issue this time of year going from call to call.

“We’ve had times where we’ve had collisions with the deer as well and so it’s just something you got to pay attention to and really stay aware of your surroundings,” Olson said.

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