Deer already beginning to wreak havoc on highways

Warden, sheriff offer advice to avoid injury, insurance claims

Tahlequah Daily Press

By Keri Thornton

November 11, 2020

Area drivers are being advised to keep their eyes peeled for deer that could dart onto the roadway and causdeadly crashes.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, deer-vehicle crashes peak in mid-November during the height of the rut, or mating season.

Game Warden Cody Youngblood said he's seeing deer everywhere, not just in certain areas in Cherokee County.

"This time of year they are starting to rut - mating season - so bucks are chasing the does. So they are more active right now," Youngblood said.

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