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Herts County Council warns motorists to beware of fallow deer roaming across roads

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Motorists are being warned to beware of randy deer on Hertfordshire's roads this autumn.

The county council has issued an alert about fallow stags travelling several miles a day in search of a mate.

The most common time for the males to roam is at dawn and dusk, which in October coincides with the morning and evening rush hours.

Deer crossing (51310647)
Deer crossing (51310647)

The deer population in Hertfordshire, which mainly consists of fallow and muntjac, is widespread, with particular concentrations in pockets of woodland countryside.

Cllr Phil Bibby, HCC's cabinet member for highways and environment, said: "With traffic levels on our roads starting to return to normal, it will be harder for deer to cross roads safely, so we're asking drivers to remember to be on the lookout.

"We would urge motorists to be cautious and drive a little slower at this time of the year, especially on rural and semi-rural roads.

"We've taken steps to erect deer fences in locations which are known migration crossing points, especially on major new roads, but we obviously cannot protect every road."

For advice see www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/roadsafety.

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