Collisions between deer, cars increase in mating season
Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:33 pm
CLARKSVILLE (AP) — The arrival of deer hunting season in Tennessee is also a time when more motorists hit the animals on the roads.
The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle quoted Tennessee Wildlife Re-sources Agency officer Dale Grindstaff saying that’s because hunting season occurs during mating season for the deer.
Grindstaff said the doe will run from the buck for a couple of days as part of the ritual and that sometimes leads to collisions with vehicles.
Six were reported Friday, including one in which a doe crashed through a windshield, bolted between the car’s seats and charged out a rear window. A passenger in the car was treated for cuts.
Tennessee Highway Patrol safety education officer Tony Barham said swerving to avoid deer in the road can lead to a more serious wreck.
Muzzleloading hunting season begins Saturday.
Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com