Maine Officials Warn Drivers Of Increased Deer-Vehicle Crashes
In northern Maine, spring brings an increase in deer vs vehicle accidents.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued a warning for motorists in Aroostook county. As the snow pack begins to melt away, deer in northern sections of the state become more mobile. According to state biologists, deer begin moving from wintering areas, or deeryards, traveling 20 to 30 miles to summer ranges.
In a recent press release, officials urge caution while driving through "areas where deer are known to cross roads and pay special attention to signs calling attention to these seasonal hazards."
State biologists and the Maine DOT try to reduce the amount of crashes by posting seasonal and permanent deer crossing signage, and by clearing roadside vegetation back. Officials also say they're hoping construct an underpass at a location of high deer, moose and bear strikes.