- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are urging drivers to watch for deer, which are especially active this time of year.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division says deer activity peaks in the fall for two main reasons:

- Deer mating season occurs between October and late December, so male deer will be moving around seeking mates;

- With daylight savings time ending Nov. 6 and the days becoming shorter, rush hour tends to fall during dawn and dusk, which is when white-tail deer are most active.

Wildlife officials say deer may suddenly dart into the road when startled by a vehicle. They also tend to travel in groups so if one crosses the road it’s likely more will follow.

Drivers are urged to slow down and be alert.

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