It's that time of the year again, when deer are running across area roads, posing safety threats to drivers.
According to a report in Newsday, the deer-vehicle accidents are highest in the fall months, with November seeing the most, followed by October and December, according to State Farm; the insurance company also states that, due to migration and mating season, deer may run across more frequently in pursuit across roadways, resulting in an 18 percent higher number of deer-versus-car collisions in November.
The problem has become an issue on the East End; deer accidents abound during the autumn months, when Riverhead and North Fork roadways are already traditionally crowded with pumpkin pickers and others headed to festivals and other events.
"There are absolutely more accidents," involving deer during the fall months, said Officer Hubbard of the Riverhead Town Police, who added, that each year, the department sees "a pretty fair number" of deer hits.
In fact, a vehicle hit a deer by the old Grumman facility in Calverton Tuesday morning, he added; the driver did not stop, but the deer had to be put down.
Hubbard agreed that the larger number of accidents can be contributed to the fact that the autumn months are when deer engage in their "rut," or mating season and dart across roads in pursuit.
Deer density in areas including Shelter Island and the North Fork has also led to tick and health-related problems, with a tick eradication task force created by Legislator Ed Romaine to tackle the issue.
With deer hits, come highway cleanups: The Newsday report adds that last year there were 131 cleanups in November and 71 in October. The majority of such strikes are in eastern Suffolk, according to Eileen Peters, spokesman for the New York State Department of Transportaton.
The accidents themselves can be costly, resulting in thousands of dollars of repairs, said Ed Kizenberger, executive director of the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen's Association, in the Newsday report.