Virginia DWR provides tips to stay safe while deer are more active during fall months

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(WFXR) — The fall months mean leaves changing, cooler air, and deer on the move.

According to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR), deer are more active during these autumn months and that means drivers at night will increase their risk of encountering a deer on the road.

Virginia DWR has released some helpful tips to keep drivers safe as more deer migrate.

  • Slow down and be attentive, especially during from dusk to dawn
  • If you see a deer, slow down. Deer typically travel in family groups
  • Deer typically cross roads in the same areas
  • Apply brakes or stop to avoid hitting a deer, but do not swerve out of the lane to miss a deer.
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • If you hit or kill a deer or bear while driving, contact a Conservation Police Officer or other law enforcement officer in the county or city where the accident occurred
  • You can also keep the animal if you report the accident to a law enforcement officer where the accident occurred and the officer views the animal and gives you a possession certificate

It is looking more like fall around the WFXR News station. One of the staff captured a video of this buck hanging out near the building on Thursday, Oct. 14.

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