Toms River residents warned about deer mating season and roadway hazards

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – The mating season for white-tailed deer has begun and that brings an extra level of caution for drivers in Toms River and surrounding areas. The Toms River Police Department issued a warning to motorists as now is the time when deer are more likely to run across the road.

“Motorists are reminded to drive with extra caution and watch for white-tailed deer as deer mating season gets under way and darkness arrives earlier. White-tailed deer become more active during mating season, also known as the fall rut,” the TRPD said. “During this time of year deer are more apt to suddenly run onto roadways as bucks pursue does, risking the possibility of a collision with a vehicle. Increased deer activity is more likely to occur in the very early morning and around sunset when visibility can be difficult.”