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Stay alert – the deer rutting season has begun

Communities / Wed 8th Oct 2014 at 05:29pm

MOTORISTSDeer Rutting, dog walkers and visitors to Epping Forest are advised to be aware that the deer mating season, also known as the rutting season, has begun. The rut starts late September and peaks in mid October.

Motorists – accidents on the roads involving deer increase at this time of year and drivers should be extra vigilant where there are deer warning signs and slow down when driving through the forest.

Dog walkers – dogs should be kept on a lead. It is important to keep disturbance of the deer to a minimum and dog owners should be aware that deer can feel threatened by dogs and may also disrupt the deer breeding pattern.

Visitors – walkers are advised to keep at least 50m away from deer, never get in between 2 deer and avoid feeding or photographing them at close range.

Male deer, or bucks, are often highly aggressive as they are full of testosterone, clashing antlers in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible. They become less aware of the dangers around them, such as cars and bikes on the roads.

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