WILDLIFE

DWR gives tips on how to avoid hitting deer on the road this fall

Oct 18, 2022, 4:00 PM
(Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)...
(Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)
(Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

SALT LAKE CITY — Ahead of daylight saving time, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is warning Utahns to be cautious of deer when driving. According to the DWR, November is the month with the highest amount of collisions with deer.

“The peak time to hit deer in Utah is during November,” Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Migration Initiative Coordinator Blair Stringham said. “It coincides with mating season and the annual migration of deer. Animals are crossing more roads during the migration, and male deer move around a lot more to find mates.”

The DWR said because of more low-visibility hours after daylight saving time, it’s more likely that drivers will encounter deer and other wildlife on the road.

Though fences and wildlife bridges have helped reduce collisions, the DWR said there have still been over 4000 deer and car collisions this year alone.

The DWR shared a list of tips from Wild Aware Utah on how to avoid collisions with wildlife:

  • Keep alert during low-visibility hours like dawn and dusk.
  • Take note of wildlife signs.
  • Use high beams when possible.
  • Don’t drive distracted.’

Wild Aware Utah also has tips on what to do if you see wildlife on the road:

  • Slow down and don’t swerve.
  • Honk and flash your lights to try to get the animals to move.

And if you do hit an animal, Wild Aware Utah said to pull over and put on your hazard lights, stay away from the animal and call 911 or a local police department if you are injured or if the animal poses a safety risk.

Related: Aggressive deer encounters have wildlife officials encouraging caution

Today’s Top Stories

Wildlife

A burrow is among the items an adopted desert tortoise needs. Photo by Utah Division of Wildlife Re...
Mia Alberti, Lianne Kolirin and Tara Subramaniam, CNN

Jonathan the tortoise, world’s oldest land animal, celebrates his 190th birthday

The South Atlantic island of St. Helena is celebrating the birthday of the world's oldest living land animal -- a Seychelles giant tortoise called Jonathan, who is turning 190.
4 days ago
After nine months of rehab in Kanab, Utah, a formerly injured Golden Eagle has been released back i...
Curt Gresseth

Golden eagle saved from death and rehabilitated in Utah flies home

An injured golden eagle spent months rehabilitating in Kanab, Utah after an injury. It was released home in November.
6 days ago
Gov. Cox mental health...
Mark Jackson

Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water released this week

Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water was released Wednesday by Gov. Spencer Cox and state agencies.
6 days ago
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Wednesday two new cases of avian influenza....
Mark Jones

Two new cases of avian influenza announced Wednesday

Two new cases of avian influenza have been confirmed by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. The new cases are in Iron and Utah counties.
7 days ago
Utah's Morning News host Tim Hughes discusses how to talk turkey and other requirements you'll need...
Tim Hughes

KSL Outdoors: Talking turkey (and knowing when not to)

You know about the gobble. But when to use it? And what about the purr, or tree call? Using any at the wrong time will doom your turkey hunt.
8 days ago
Angler Andy Hackett lands one of the world's biggest goldfish ever caught. The gigantic orange spec...
Mark Jones

Fisherman catches 67-pound goldfish

A 67-pound, 4-ounce goldfish was caught by UK angler Andy Hackett. It took Hackett 25 minutes to reel the fish in.
13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
DWR gives tips on how to avoid hitting deer on the road this fall