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Oh Deer: More Deer Sightings Than Usual This Year?

Several deer have been struck by vehicles since Jan 1.

Patch File Photo.
Patch File Photo.
Deer rutting season, the most active time of year for deer as they search for food, ended in December. But, months after its end Easton is still seeing a very active deer population in the area.

According to the Easton Journal, local motorists have had a number of run-ins with deer recently, including five collisions since the start of the year.

The number of deer sightings and encounters is not uncommon, according to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Deer gravitate toward Easton's rich "edge" wildlife habitat and the mixture of open spaces, forests, and small bodies of water.

Motorists are encouraged to drive more cautiously and adhere to the following tips to avoid hitting a deer:

  • Heed deer warning signs.
  • Be alert to your surroundings.
  • Drive under the speed limit in posted areas
  • Use high beams
  • If you see one door, expect to see more.
  • Don't use your horn: it frightens them.

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