Deer Mating Season Poses Risks to Drivers - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Deer Mating Season Poses Risks to Drivers

Posted:
White-tailed deer graze at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes at dusk, a time when they're likely to be crossing roads. (Photo: WBOC) White-tailed deer graze at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes at dusk, a time when they're likely to be crossing roads. (Photo: WBOC)
A herd of white-tailed deer graze at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, with male bucks waiting to mate with females. (Photo: WBOC) A herd of white-tailed deer graze at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, with male bucks waiting to mate with females. (Photo: WBOC)
Road caution sign for deer crossing posted yards away from the entrance to Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, where white-tailed deer are known to frequent. (Photo: WBOC) Road caution sign for deer crossing posted yards away from the entrance to Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, where white-tailed deer are known to frequent. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. – AAA Mid-Atlantic cautions drivers to be wary of deer on dark roads as the animal’s mating season starts in October.

Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says October, November and December is mating season for white tailed deer in Delaware.

Last year, Delaware State Police logged more 1,200 collisions drivers had with deer or other animals. There were also 54 personal injuries related to animal-vehicle crashes in 2014, a 15 percent jump from the previous year.

AAA says deer rut season is the worst period for animal-related car crashes.

A hunter from Milton says it's the male bucks chasing after females that cause problems for drivers.

“During the fall they're after the does,” said John Mead.  “The doe goes across the street, the buck's going to cross the street also. So if you're driving down the road and you see one deer, stay alert because there's two or three more behind it."

A Selbyville mom of three who just moved from Puerto Rico says she's nervous about running into deer.

"I get nervous around sunset and definitely know that the deer are out and to keep an eye out," said Tiffany Bonbright.

For Mead, he says he’s had a few near-misses.

"I have never hit a deer with my car. I know friends that have and I’ve come close but no one I know has been injured," he said.

DNREC says once the first phase of the deer rut end, the second phase is a less intensive mating period.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Wicomico County's Magi Choral Festival Comes to an End

    Wicomico County's Magi Choral Festival Comes to an End

    Sunday, November 18 2018 9:52 PM EST2018-11-19 02:52:23 GMT
    Sunday, November 18 2018 9:52 PM EST2018-11-19 02:52:23 GMT
    Magi Choral Festival (Photo WBOC)Magi Choral Festival (Photo WBOC)
    Magi Choral Festival (Photo WBOC)Magi Choral Festival (Photo WBOC)
    After 25 years of entertaining the Salisbury community, the Magi Choral Festival has come to an end.More
    After 25 years of entertaining the Salisbury community, the Magi Choral Festival has come to an end. More
  • Dover Man Arrested for Attempting to Steal Tip Jar

    Dover Man Arrested for Attempting to Steal Tip Jar

    Sunday, November 18 2018 9:24 PM EST2018-11-19 02:24:25 GMT
    Sunday, November 18 2018 9:24 PM EST2018-11-19 02:24:25 GMT
    DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police have charged a Dover man for attempting to rob a local restaurant of its tip jar. According to state police, around 8:45 p.m., 36-year-old Titus Rodriguez entered the Pizzeria and Taqueria Porta Bella restaurant in the RMore
    DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police have charged a Dover man for attempting to rob a local restaurant of its tip jar. According to state police, around 8:45 p.m., 36-year-old Titus Rodriguez entered the Pizzeria and Taqueria Porta Bella restaurant in the RMore
  • Multiple Fires in Maryland, Including Suspected Arson

    Multiple Fires in Maryland, Including Suspected Arson

    Sunday, November 18 2018 9:10 PM EST2018-11-19 02:10:23 GMT
    Sunday, November 18 2018 9:10 PM EST2018-11-19 02:10:23 GMT
    CAROLINE COUNTY, Md.- The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating three incidents from the weekend, including a suspected arson. On Friday around 10 p.m., firefighters responded to a shed fire on Lincoln Street in Ridgely. The fire marshal reports thMore
    CAROLINE COUNTY, Md.- The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating three incidents from the weekend, including a suspected arson. On Friday around 10 p.m., firefighters responded to a shed fire on Lincoln Street in Ridgely. The fire marshal reports thMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • New Toll Road to Open on U.S. Route 301 at Delaware State Line

    New Toll Road to Open on U.S. Route 301 at Delaware State Line

    Friday, November 16 2018 6:19 PM EST2018-11-16 23:19:54 GMT
    Friday, November 16 2018 6:19 PM EST2018-11-16 23:19:54 GMT
    MIDDLETOWN, Del. --- The U.S. Route 301 Mainline Project is beginning to wrap up work and lead to the state's first cashless toll road opening in December. The new U.S. Route 301 bypass will take drivers around Middletown and connect them directly to DelaMore
    MIDDLETOWN, Del. --- The U.S. Route 301 Mainline Project is beginning to wrap up work and lead to the state's first cashless toll road opening in December. The new U.S. Route 301 bypass will take drivers around Middletown and connect them directly to DelaMore
  • Man Arrested for DUI After Three Car Crash in Centreville

    Man Arrested for DUI After Three Car Crash in Centreville

    Saturday, November 17 2018 5:37 PM EST2018-11-17 22:37:46 GMT
    Saturday, November 17 2018 5:39 PM EST2018-11-17 22:39:58 GMT
    CENTREVILLE, Md.- Maryland State Police say a 28-year-old Centerville man is facing charges after allegedly driving under the influence and causing a car accident late Friday night. Police say around 11:48 p.m. on Friday, troopers were dispatched to RouteMore
    CENTREVILLE, Md.- Maryland State Police say a 28-year-old Centerville man is facing charges after allegedly driving under the influence and causing a car accident late Friday night. Police say around 11:48 p.m. on Friday, troopers were dispatched to RouteMore
  • UPDATE: Millsboro Man Found Shot to Death

    UPDATE: Millsboro Man Found Shot to Death

    Thursday, November 17 2016 12:11 PM EST2016-11-17 17:11:44 GMT
    Thursday, November 17 2016 11:52 PM EST2016-11-18 04:52:10 GMT

    Police are conducting a death investigation in Millsboro after a man was found dead on a road.

    More

    Police are conducting a death investigation in Millsboro after a man was found dead on a road.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices