Published November 02, 2012, 06:00 AM

Motorists should watch for deer in East Grand Forks, Grand Forks

There haven’t been any reports of car-deer collisions in East Grand Forks so far this fall, but the deer definitely are out there and motorists should be on the lookout, even in city limits, officials say.

By: Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald

There haven’t been any reports of car-deer collisions in East Grand Forks so far this fall, but the deer definitely are out there and motorists should be on the lookout, even in city limits, officials say.

November traditionally is the worst month for deer-vehicle collisions because that’s when the animals are most active.

According to East Grand Forks Police Chief Mike Hedlund, three areas where motorists should be especially alert are along River Road, the campground in the Red River State Recreation Area and the Point area near Bygland Road and the Louis Murray Bridge.

“That’s a huge area” for potential collisions, Hedlund said.

Last year, he said, a vehicle struck a deer on the onramp from River Road onto Gateway Drive. There also have been a couple of deer hit in the south end of the city in previous years, he said.

“They’re definitely on the move, and we certainly see them with the Greenway, throughout East Grand Forks,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Grand Forks Police Department said there haven’t been any reports of deer hit by vehicles this fall, or in the past several years, in Grand Forks city limits.

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