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North Dakota motorists advised to be alert for deer

From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department

-- Deep snow covering much of the state has created large concentrations of deer in localized areas. Jeb Williams, wildlife resource management supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said this has resulted in concerns about the potential for deer/vehicle collisions on North Dakota roadways.

“I had a great phone conversation with a rural mail carrier who was concerned for both people and North Dakota’s deer population,” Williams said. “Deer are heavily concentrated, and are at times crossing and traveling on roadways in large numbers.”

It is difficult for deer to cross open country, especially this winter. County roads are used as travel corridors because they provide the path of least resistance, allowing them to conserve energy, Williams said.

“With that in mind, it is important for motorists to be extra cautious and be alert for deer,” he added. “And when one crosses a road, there is a good chance others will follow.”

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