Nugget of Knowledge: Driving with deer

Deer are most active at dawn and twilight

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Even the most careful driver can have a run-ins with wildlife on the road.

Every November, this threat grows. It falls within deer-mating season and sometimes deer hunting season, pushing the animals into areas where they wouldn’t normally wander.

Stay alert behind the wheel, no matter what time of year it is. Remember that if you see one deer, there are usually more close behind.

Deer travel together, so slow down and remain cautious long after you see one disappear into the woods.

They are what are called crepuscular, meaning they’re most active at dawn and twilight, the most common time for deer collisions. Flick on your high beams, and keep watching once the sun goes down.

A male deer is usually called a “buck.”

A large male deer is often called “stag.”

A female deer is usually called a “doe.”

A young deer is usually called a “fawn.”

A group of deer is known as a “herd.”

Deer can easily jump high and swim well.

Most deer are born with white spots but lose them within a year.

Deer take their first steps within half an hour of their birth. Young deer will usually stay with their mother for around a year.

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