Deer mating season, drivers watch out
RAMAH - It's a busy time of year for deer, which can pose a problem for drivers.
Between the colder months of October and January, deer are on the move searching for food and a mate.
"Deer are moving around a lot," said Wildlife & Fisheries biologist Tony Vidrine. "Bucks are chasing does, does are moving around a lot."
Vidrine says insurance claims hang around the 1,000 mark for deer-related accidents in Louisiana each year. In wooded areas, the sightings and accidents are more frequent.
In the last 10 years, Jason Mannino has hit two deer. He says he never saw them coming.
"Out of know where, going about 30 mph, deer just broad-sided the car," said Mannino. "Then rolled over the top of the roof."
The second collision created about $2,300 worth of damage to his car, but Mannino was not hurt.
To help avoid a deer collision, drivers should constantly scan the roadway, especially during high risk times from sunset to midnight and around sunrise.
Use high beams when there's no on-coming traffic to better see eyes of deer near the roadway. Also, pay attention to deer crossing signs.
Wildlife & Fisheries says if your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. The animal could become frightened and hurt you, or further injure itself.
If you hit a deer, it's best to pull over if possible, and call law enforcement. In Louisiana, it is legal to take the deer if it is killed.