Fall migration: Sheriff asking motorists to be cautious of deer when driving

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

With cooler weather and the beginning of various hunting seasons, white-tailed deer like the large doe above are on the move, and local law enforcement officials are asking motorists to be particularly careful while traveling throughout northern Michigan.

REGION – Between Sept. 11 and Sept. 25 of this year, Antrim County drivers reported a total of 21 deer crashes, a startling increase over previous weeks.

Although the increase is fairly normal for this time of the year, Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean said last week that drivers should be cautious in all areas of the county.

"We have always had an uptick in car deer (accidents) this time of year, when the weather cools and the first hunting seasons begin with the Youth and Liberty deer seasons, which this year were held on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17," Bean said. "They start moving more so they are seen more often causing accidents.

"I don’t think it is any record, but I would say car/deer accidents are up for that time period," he continued. "Drivers just need to be aware and to be on defense when driving."

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