• Experts expect more deer-related crashes in metro area


    ATLANTA, Ga. - Metro Atlanta drivers are urged to be on the lookout for more deer on the roads over the next few months.

    October marks the beginning of deer-breeding season and Georgia Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists said with shorter days, the deer are on the move at the same time as commuters. They're also becoming more common inside the city.

    Four deer were hit and killed during Monday's morning rush hour; two on Interstate 75 and one inside the perimeter. One young buck likely came out of the woods, crossed over the I-75 exit ramp at Mount Paran Road and leaped over two guardrails. But it didn't make it very far.

    Studies show there are about 50,000 deer hit and killed on Georgia roads each year. Experts said about half of those accidents happen from now through the end of December.

    "The key times for deer movement are right at dawn and right at dusk. Of course this time of year we have shorter day lengths so the main commute times in the morning and evening can be at dark when you have less visibility anyways," said DNR senior wildlife biologist Don McGowan.

    He warned drivers to be alert, noting that wherever there's one deer, others are likely around because they travel in small herds.

    He said drivers flashing their lights or honking their horns usually don't work and advises drivers to stay in their lane.

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