By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Driving on suburban roadways can be dangerous these days because deer in the area are running amok.

It’s what nature lovers call “the rut,” said Jana Tidwell of Mid-Atlantic Triple A.

“We are right in the midst of deer mating season during the month of November and on Pennsylvania roads, our state is the third highest in the number of fatalities from collisions with animals in the country, and that’s only behind Texas and Wisconsin,” Tidwell explained.

Three suburban counties, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery, are in the top 20 counties nationwide for animal related accidents.

Tidwell says to avoid any deer-related crashes, be alert, keep your eyes moving back and forth to detect the animals before they cross the road, and if you do hit one, don’t go near it. Wounded animals can be dangerous.