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Main Cause for Deer-Related Car Accidents? Mating Season

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CHESTERFIELD - The DMV says more than 5,000 car accidents last year involved deer  -- the majority of those in metro Richmond happened in Chesterfield County.

The main reason is because it's mating season.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says just like teenagers when a male buck senses a female doe he likes to chase her.

And unfortunately they often chase her right out into traffic.

Tammy Gobert with AAA says swerving will only increase your chance for injury. Instead she says slow down but there's also one other important tip to do right before impact.

"Make sure that you release the brake right before impact so that way the deer is more likely to go under your vehicle than to go through your windshield," she says.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say many of Virginia's roadways run right next to prime breeding ground for whitetail deer. That naturally puts deer closer to traffic."

"It's very rarely only one deer, so when a deer crosses the road there is very likely going to be one or two behind it," says Jeff Trollinger.

He says since it is mating season, a buck is often chasing a doe and aren't paying attentions to what else is going on around them. Most male deer are following their noses. And as a result when the scent catches the air they are following the scent for a female.

Last year, there were more than 5,400 deer related car crashes. More than half of those happened between October and December.


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