Oh, Deer


Motorists, beware. Most deer-related accidents occur between October and January, but through the end of September, 556 deer already had been removed from Columbia County roads this year.

Most of the deer were removed from Blanchard, Hereford Farm and Columbia roads as well as Washington Road from Woodbridge west to Ray Owens Road. “Deer are most active at dusk and dawn,” says Major Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

If motorists come across a deer, they should slow down and watch for more deer that could dart across the road. They also should blow their car horns and apply their brakes. They should not swerve to avoid the animal.

When motorists hit a deer, they should move their vehicle to a safe place, turn on their hazard lights, stay away from the animal and report the incident to law enforcement.