Drivers, brake for moose and deer this fall

Because fall is the breeding season for both moose and white-tailed deer, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife reminds motorists to remain mindful of their increased activity, especially during early morning and evening hours. Be aware and heed moose and deer crossing signs. Motorists are advised to slow down and drive defensively should a moose or deer be spotted on or by the road. Moose are less likely to move from the road than deer; braking for moose is your best policy. If a deer does run in front of your vehicle, brake firmly but do not swerve. Swerving can cause a vehicle-vehicle collision or cause the vehicle to strike a pedestrian or potentially deadly fixed object, such as a tree or utility pole. Do not rely on devices, such as deer whistles, extra lights or reflectors, to deter deer. Research has shown that your best defense is your own responsible behavior. In the event of a collision, please call the local area police or 911 to report.

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