November is when the skies get gray and the bright leaves all fade, and it’s time to turn to our homes and spend time in the warmth and shelter of our families.
It’s also a time when people start holiday traveling in earnest, and Thanksgiving draws people out on the roads for both short and long journeys. And as the days get shorter, it means more driving in the dark.
November is also a time when other creatures are moving around, too.
In the Northern Hemisphere, deer are right in the middle of their mating season, which lasts from October through December. They’re also trying to dodge bears, wolves, and big cats who are looking to fatten up for winter.
All of this leads to deer acting a little carelessly this time of year and, as a result, deer-vehicle collisions are highest in the U.S. during November.
And if you live in South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana, Pennsylvania, or Iowa, your chances of encountering a deer on the road are even greater, according to statistics.
It’s important to remember that we share this planet with all kinds of creatures, and that we have to be aware of them because they really do affect out lives, and we definitely affect theirs.
Just like you can save migrating birds from colliding with your windows with a few simple changes, you can also keep yourself, your car, and the deer safe this November.
[H/T: The Dodo]