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North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is reminding motorists to watch for deer along roadways this time of year.

Young animals are dispersing from their home ranges, and October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents.

Motorists are advised to slow down and be cautious after dark to reduce the likelihood of a crash. Most deer-vehicle accidents occur at dawn and dusk, when deer are most often moving around.

Motorists who hit a deer do not need to report it to law enforcement if only the vehicle is damaged. If there is property damage or an injury, the crash must be reported.

A motorist needs a permit before taking possession of a road-killed deer. Permits are free and available from game wardens and local law enforcement offices.

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