It’s the time of year when deer looking for love don’t watch out for motorists, the Missouri Department of Transportation warned in a news release.

Vehicle collisions with wild animals, especially deer, peak in October and November. The most dangerous times are near dusk and dawn, when deer are most likely to be moving about as they seek breeding opportunities.

Avoiding deer in the road can be more dangerous than striking them, said state maintenance director Natalie Roark. Slow down on rural highways and when animals are spotted near the road.

“To avoid hitting a deer, always be cautious and alert,” Roark said.

Deer killed in collisions will be removed from the roadway on an emergency basis if the carcass is in a driving lane and during regular hours if it is on the shoulder of a road.

Drivers who kill a deer with their vehicle may claim the carcass for the meat by seeking written permission from the Department of Conservation agent in their area.