New Brunswick, N.J. (Oct. 7, 2020) – With deer breeding season underway, Kathleen Kerwin, a wildlife expert at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is available for interviews on defensive driving to avoid wildlife-vehicle collisions, what to do if you see wildlife crossing the road and what to do if you hit wildlife.

Kerwin can also discuss wildlife-collision statistics, deer ecology and threats to wildlife posed by vehicles.

“The deer is the most common animal involved in wildlife-vehicle collisions throughout the U.S., especially during their breeding season from September to January and during dusk and dawn hours,” said Kerwin, program associate in the Wildlife Conservation and Management Program in Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. “Drivers can avoid collisions with deer by slowing down, paying attention to eye-shine along road-sides, waiting for deer to cross the road and using high-beams on dark roads. If colliding with a deer or other wildlife species is unavoidable, drivers should not swerve around the animal because this increases the likelihood of losing control of the vehicle and causing a severe accident.”


Broadcast interviews: Rutgers University has broadcast-quality TV and radio studios available for remote live or taped interviews with Rutgers experts. For more information, contact Neal Buccino at

Rutgers University–New Brunswick is where Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, began more than 250 years ago. Ranked among the world’s top 60 universities, Rutgers’s flagship is a leading public research institution and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It has an internationally acclaimed faculty, 12 degree-granting schools and the Big Ten Conference’s most diverse student body.