Wildlife specialists are advising motorists in Monterey County to use “extreme” caution to avoid hitting deer on roadways during the fall season.

The SPCA Monterey County reminded drivers that fall is deer mating season on the central coast and they are more likely to be on the move around roadways.

Wildlife specialists advise the following:

  • Be particularly careful at dawn and dusk when driving, especially where visibility is limited. Use high beams when appropriate to provide a greater area of visibility.
  • Slow down and use extreme caution when approaching a deer standing near the side of a road. Be prepared for the deer to enter the roadway in front of the vehicle. If necessary, honk the horn and flash the lights to try to scare the deer off of the roadway.
  • Be alert for more deer. Where there’s a deer, there are almost always more nearby.
  • Use extra caution in areas where deer crossing signs are posted. These are areas where they are known to cross roadways.
  • Be particularly cautious in wooded and agricultural areas.

According to the SPCA, areas with most deer activity at night in Monterey County are Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley Road, the state Highway 68 corridor, Holman Highway, River Road, and state Highway 1 from Seaside to south of Carmel-By-The-Sea.

The SPCA Wildlife Center said it has responded to 24 reports of deer being hit by cars this year, with most ending up dead.