DEEP warning drivers to stay alert for animals on the roads

(WTNH) — Driving home from work at sunset is a prime time for a deer strike.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) biologists are putting out a statewide warning, as fall is mating season for deer, moose and and other animals. They more focused on each other, than on traffic.

“All sorts of strange claims. Deer, beaver, possum, all sorts of stuff. Even some bear,” said Daniel Hovey of Turnpike Motors Autobody.

Experts say it doesn’t need to be a large animal to do damage to both the vehicle and to those inside of it.

“We have seen turkey claims…Total cars sometimes,” Hovey said. “Turkey jump airborne and go about five feet in the air…A lot of strange damage you wouldn’t think would happen from such a small animal. Always get it checked out.”

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As the sun sets across Connecticut roadways, not only is it hard to see the deer, but they become more active.

Biologists warn if you see one deer by the side of the road, there are others because they always travel in herds.

“Having hit two deer myself, both which were second or third deer in the group, so I know that experience firsthand, but my experience is a good learning experience for others,” explained DEEP’s Bill Hyatt.

Another thing to keep in mind, DEEP says don’t be fooled while traveling through cities or heavily populated areas. The deer are thick across Connecticut.

“Deer [are] throughout the state [and are] particularly abundant down along the shoreline in areas that people typically don’t think of having large numbers of deer.”

And while driving, keep an eye out for moose. While there were only two strikes last year, those can be fatal.

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