NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton police are reminding drivers to be careful driving at night after recent reports of accidents involving deer.
According to Northampton police, officers have taken 11 reports of vehicles striking deer in the last month. The accidents have been reported on numerous streets including North Main Street, Spring Street, Locust Street, and Haydenville Road.
Police report that most of these accidents have happened between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
A reminder– Massachusetts Environmental Police and MassWildlife are the only entities in the state that can authorize the salvage of moose, bear, and deer.
In the event a deer is killed in a car accident, the driver may claim the remains for salvage as long as they are a Massachusetts resident. If the driver does not want to claim the animal, it may be released to a passenger in the car as long as they are a Massachusetts resident.
In either case, Massachusetts Environmental Police must be contacted right away. The accident must also be reported to the local police department or nearest state police barracks for logging purposes.
The unprocessed animal has to be presented within 24 hours for tagging at a MassWildlife office or by environmental police.
To read the full law, click here.