(Hartford, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – It’s the time of year when deer and moose begin their mating seasons.

And the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection wants motorists to be mindful of activity, particularly during the early morning and evening hours.

DEEP says peak breeding season is between now and the end of October for the state’s small but ever increasing moose population, primarily in Northern Connecticut.

The deer breeding season, known as “the rut”, takes place thereafter, from late October through December.

Rick Jacobson, the director of DEEP’s wildlife division, says there were 4,500 deer deaths from collisions with vehicles.

And from 1995 through this year, there were 40 moose-vehicle crashes.

Motorists should heed deer crossing signs along highways and state roads, and drive defensively should they encounter the animals along the side of the road.

Drivers should report moose or deer encounters to the local, state or DEEP Environmental Conservation police.


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