Cooler nights bring increased wild animal movement

Missouri ranks 10th in the country for potential vehicle collisions with animals

JEFFERSON CITY – Fall has arrived, and that means more wild animals, especially deer, are on the move as cooler temperatures begin to settle in and nights become longer. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reminds motorists to be prepared for the sudden appearance of wild animals on Missouri roadways throughout the fall months.

“Shorter days mean motorists are driving in the dark more often and when deer are more active,” said MoDOT State Maintenance Director Natalie Roark. 

“This leads to a peak of vehicle collisions involving deer and other wildlife from mid-October through the end of November.”

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