State Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe urged motorists to stay alert and slow down when driving after dusk and before dawn to reduce their risk of colliding with a white-tailed deer.
"Each spring, deer congregate on the grassy areas along the state's busy highways, and cover greater distances in search of food," Roe said. "This activity makes vehicle collisions with deer all but inevitable.
"For the sake of public safety, the Game Commission is asking motorists to watch for deer and to drive defensively after dark and before sunrise, which is when deer are most active. Your efforts can help to keep accidents to a minimum, which, in turn, will reduce or eliminate hardships to your family and other Pennsylvanians."
In spring, young deer - last year's fawns - are on the move as does chase them away to prepare to give birth to this year's fawns. Yearling does usually travel no farther than necessary and often will reunite with the doe after her new fawns begin traveling with her. However, young bucks typically disperse farther to set up their own home range.