Motorists and dog walkers are being warned that the deer mating season, also known as the rutting or breeding season, has begun.
During the rutting season male deer can become highly aggressive as they attempt to fight off rivals to attract female deer. This makes them less aware of dangers around them, such as cars and bikes on the roads.
“Accidents on the roads involving deer increase at this time of year and motorists should take extra care when driving though the forest and rural parts of the district” says Councillor Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport.
“The rutting season has begun and goes on until late November. Deer are particularly active at dawn and dusk. Unfortunately this coincides with commuting hours which are often the busiest times of the day on our roads.”
Deers are wild animals
“Deer are pack animals and often move in groups, if you see one, others are likely to follow. They can appear without warning and present a greater risk than other wildlife because of their large size.”
Cllr Kane has advice for dog walkers: “Keep your dogs on a lead. Deers are wild animals and can behave unpredictably if they feel threatened, so don’t get too close.”
Be deer aware
“Please read the safety advice and be more ‘deer aware’ during this time of year” says Cllr Sam Kane, “Whether you’re driving in our district or walking in our beautiful forest, I want everyone to complete their journey safely and without incident.”