AUGUSTA — Wildlife officials are urging drivers to be on the alert as the arrival of spring draws deer out of Maine’s woods in search of food.

Motorists this time of year are likely to see more deer along Maine roads as the animals make their way from their wintering areas to roadsides, which are among the first areas to have vegetation as the snow disappears.

Maine’s Transportation and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife departments have collaborated to install special signs that alert drivers to deer during the peak collision season. The signs read “Caution — High Hit Area” and have been installed at 10 different locations along roads in eastern and northern Maine known for high numbers of vehicle-deer collisions.

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