There’s been a spate of road collisions in York and North Yorkshire which have left deer dead or dying.
Now police are urging drivers to take care and look out for the animals while driving.
North Yorkshire Police say they have been to ten incidents in the last month where a deer was hit by a car.
There was one in York, one in Hambleton, two in Ryedale, two in Selby and four in Harrogate.
“In every case, sorry to report, the deer have suffered non-survivable injuries,” they said.
Collisions typically increase in spring, when young buck roe deer move to new territories, officers said.
“So please look out for deer warning road signs and take particular care in forested areas and at ‘peak’ times (from sunset to midnight, and the hours shortly before and after sunrise).”
What should you do if you hit a deer in your car? This is the police advice:
- Keep yourself and anyone with you as safe as you can
- Park in the safest place with hazard lights on
- Call an ambulance if human injuries warrant it
- Call the police, giving as precise a location as you can, on 101 (or 999 if the situation means lives could be at risk)
- Don’t approach the deer – it may hurt you, or run across traffic causing another collision.