Driving down a dark road in the Northwest can be dangerous this time of year. There are more deer-vehicle collisions as it gets dark earlier and as deer start to move in a little more differently than normal during mating season.


“That makes deer a lot less cautious,” said Staci Lehman with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “They’ve got one thing on their mind, and they’re not looking out for cars and things like that.”



Deer have already begun using an unfinished wildlife bridge over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass. The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday celebrated the opening of a section of widened freeway there. The new overcrossing is expected to reduce frightening animal-vehicle collisions.

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