HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are warning drivers to be on higher alert as the breeding seasons for deer and moose ramp up.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says motorists should be extra careful during the early morning and evening hours.

Officials say September through October is the peak of breeding season for small moose, while the breeding season for white-tailed deer runs from late October through late December.

Jenny Dickson, director of the environmental agency's wildlife division, says more than 3,600 deer were killed in vehicle collisions across the state last year. She says more than 40 moose-vehicle accidents were reported in Connecticut between 1995 and this year.

The department says drivers should heed "deer crossing" signs that have been placed in areas where multiple animals have been struck.

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