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Drivers: Watch for distracted deer

Deer are shown crossing a rural Kansas Highway. Mating season is now causing deer to be less aware of vehicles, causing an increase in accidents.

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Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things motorists should fear on Halloween and through the winter months. Deer distracted by the annual mating season known as the rut can be a real horror.
Although deer population numbers might be down nationwide, there’s still a need to be vigilant while driving this fall, said state officials.
According to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism biologist Lloyd Fox, the increase in deer-vehicle crashes is strongly influenced by the deer mating season, called “rut.”  During rut, deer focus on mating; they travel more than in other seasons, and pay less ...

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