When November comes, deer all across the U.S. start acting a little nuts. This means that one might cross your path - and if you're driving, you need to be prepared.
Every year there are about one million collisions with deer. It's thought that this is partially due to mating season, which typically lasts from October to December or January. And more deer-car collisions occur in November than in any other month.
"Deer move more during fall months, although whether this is to secure breeding opportunities, or avoid hunting pressure is not totally clear," Sophie Gilbert is an assistant professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Idaho, told The Dodo. "And of course, it could be both."
If you're driving in West Virginia, Montana, Iowa, Pennsylvania or South Dakota, you're even more likely to have a run-in. Beyond always wearing your seatbelt, here's what you need to know to make sure they - and you - stay safe.