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Watch Out For Deer On and Near The Roads!

Motorists are urged to exercise caution during the fall as this is a time of peak deer activity, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“Motorists should be alert and pay close attention to the roadsides as we are nearing the annual peak time of the year for deer-car collisions,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division. “Keep in mind that deer often travel in groups, so if a deer crosses the road ahead of you there is a good chance that another will follow.  In many cases, that second deer is the one hit as the driver assumes the danger has passed and fails to slow down.”

There are two main reasons why drivers may see more deer along roads in the fall:

  • Mating Season – Deer mating season occurs between October and late December, depending on location. Male deer go into “rut” and begin actively searching for mates. This behavior results in an increase in deer movement, bringing them across roadways.
  • Time Changes – As we begin to “fall back” for daylight savings time, our days become shorter and nights become longer. Rush hour for most commuters tends to fall during the same hours in which white-tailed deer are most active – dawn and dusk.

Following are some tips and information to help avoid potential collisions:

  • Deer Are Unpredictable: Always remember deer are wild and, therefore, can be unpredictable. A deer calmly standing on the side of a road may bolt into or across the road rather than away from it when startled by a vehicle.
  • One Deer Usually Means More: Always take caution and slow down when a deer crosses the road in front of you. Deer usually travel in groups, so it is likely that others will follow.
  • Time of Day: As deer are most active at dawn and dusk, they are typically seen along roads during the early morning and late evening – the same times most people are commuting to and from work.
  • Time of Year: While deer-car collisions can occur at any time of year, the fall breeding season is a peak time for such accidents. During the fall breeding season, deer movement increases and this often brings them in contact with roadways that cross their natural habitats. Road shoulders generally provide beneficial food plants both during extremely dry times of the year and following a long, hard winter. Deer are attracted to these plants in late-winter, early spring and late summer.  Georgia’s new deer rut map (http://georgiawildlife.com/rut-map) is an excellent tool for motorists to determine local peaks in deer movement.  Drivers should be especially wary of deer during these time periods.
  • Minimize Damage: If it is too late to avoid a collision, drivers are advised to slow down as much as possible to minimize damage – resist the urge to swerve to avoid the deer, as this may cause further damage, sending drivers off the road or causing a collision with another vehicle.

For more information on the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, visit www.georgiawildlife.com.

Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Draft Strategic Management Plan For Wild Turkeys

Wild Turkeys

Hunters and other interested persons are encouraged to attend any of four upcoming public meetings regarding the draft Strategic Management Plan for Wild Turkeys in Georgia (copy available at http://georgiawildlife.com/turkey-info).

“About 60,000 hunters pursue wild turkeys each spring in Georgia, with many more that enjoy seeing turkeys and having turkeys on their property,” says Kevin Lowrey, state turkey biologist with the Wildlife Resources Division. “This long term strategic plan will serve as the guiding document for statewide turkey management efforts in our state – but first, we need feedback from our turkey hunters and other interested Georgians.”

All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

October 4, 2017

  • UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center (Room 19, 15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA 31793)
  • Pickens County Administrative Offices (Suite 168, 1266 E. Church Street, Jasper, GA 30143)

October 5, 2017

  • Monroe County Commissioners’ Building (3rd Floor Conference Room, 38 West Main Street, Forsyth, GA  31029)
  • Ogeechee Technical College Conference Center (1 Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Statesboro, GA 30458)

Any participant at a meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement.

Those unable to attend a meeting may submit input in one of the following methods (input must be received by Friday, Oct. 20, 2017):

  • Statements may be electronically submitted at: http://georgiawildlife.com/regulations/meetings
  • Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section; Attn: Tina Johannsen; 2067 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025.
  • Call 770-918-6404.

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities.  To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Tina Johannsen at (770) 918-6404.

For more information, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/regulations/meetings.

Deal Expands State of Emergency for 64 Additional Counties

Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials ahead of Hurricane Irma’s imminent landfall, Gov. Nathan Deal today expanded the state of emergency to include a total of 94 counties. In light of the storm’s forecasted track shifting west, which will bring hurricane force winds, rain and potential flooding, 64 additional counties are now under the emergency declaration. Mandatory evacuations for coastal areas east of I-95 and all of Chatham County remain in place and contraflow on I-16 will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The additional counties include: Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pike, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth Counties.

A state of emergency now exists in the following 94 counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pike, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth Counties.

Read the executive order here.

PRICE GOUGING

During a declared state of emergency, Georgia law prohibits businesses from taking advantage of the situation to engage in price gouging. Accordingly, Governor Nathan Deal enacted price gouging controls throughout the State of Georgia. The Executive Order, including the enacted price control restrictions, is in force beginning at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, September 6th, and ending at 11:59 PM on September 27, 2017.

If you feel that you may have been the victim of a scam or price gouging contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 1-800-869-1123 toll-free outside of the metro Atlanta calling area, or call 404-651-8600 inside the metro Atlanta area. You can also make a written report here.

For more information and resources on evacuation routes, shelters and hurricane preparedness, visit www.gema.ga.gov or 1-800-TRY-GEMA.