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Motorists are urged to be cautious while driving in fall


The Exponent Telegram

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources urges motorists to be extra cautious while driving in the fall because vehicle collisions with deer tend to rise during this time of year.

West Virginia’s rugged terrain also likely contributes to these collisions, as the highest quality deer habitat is often found in valleys and bottomland areas, where conditions allow for agricultural production and may also promote an abundant supply of mast and other natural food sources. These areas also support many of the state’s public roads, officials said.

Late October and November coincide with peak deer breeding season, officials said. Increases in deer activity and movement during this period can increase the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions.

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