A mule deer crosses a road on the Air Force Academy March 8, 2007. Vehicle collisions with wildlife are the second-leading cause of accidents on the Academy, which has a deer population of about 250 and an elk population of roughly 35. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials warn motorists that it’s the time of year that they need to be on the lookout for deer on or near roadways.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says deer-related wrecks tend to rise in November and December due to deer mating and hunting seasons.
Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott said in a news release that motorists should be cautious, slow down and stay alert in areas where deer are present.
The agency says since 2011, deer-related crashes in Tennessee have risen more than 26 percent. Through October, there have been 4,223 deer-involved traffic crashes in Tennessee this year.