State Police at Blooming Grove are urging motorists to slow down and be mindful of white tailed deer fawning season.


State Police at Blooming Grove are urging motorists to slow down and be mindful of white tailed deer fawning season.

“Road struck deer will be on the rise,” says Trooper Carl Szymanski. “This is because last year’s fawns are now being forced to leave their mothers who are bearing new fawns. Please slow down and use caution the next few weeks.”

Trooper Szymanski says he’s already handled five car-verses-deer crashes earlier this month within a three-day span.

There were 363 deer-related crashes in Wayne County between 2000 and 2009, three fatalities and 189 injuries, says PennDOT District Press Officer James May.

“This is the peak of the fawn birthing season,” says Jerry Feaser, press secretary for the state Game Commission.

The birthing season spans May and June.

As yearling deer are driven off by their moms, the number of deer-related car crashes can escalate.

“Unfortunately, these young deer make tragic mistakes when crossing roads in spring and moving through areas unfamiliar to them,” said PA Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe.

“They’re no longer following the leader, they’re moving independently. And that increases the potential for an accident, especially in areas harboring large deer populations,” Roe said in a recent press release.
Drivers are reminded to drive defensively after dark and before sunrise when deer are most active.

On a sidenote, Feaser said to watch for bears that sometimes make a meal of a dead deer.

“In Springtime, as bears are coming out of den, they sometimes will take advantage of roadkill deer,” Feaser said. “That just reinforces that fact that there is nothing in nature that goes to waste.”