Growing deer numbers are bringing the animals into more regular contact with the public.
In a recent incident, a young roe deer darted in and out of traffic near the former Tesco site in Callendar Road, Falkirk, startling motorists.
Donald Fraser, Scottish Natural Heritage’s wildlife operations manager, said it was common to see young deer in residential areas at this time of year.
He added: “New fawns are being born and the mothers are weaning last year’s babies and letting them find their own space. This means there are lots of young roe deer trying to find their own territory and, with good woodland and canal habitat on the outskirts of Falkirk, many find themselves in residential or even commercial areas.”
Scottish Natural Heritage is trying to raise awareness of the dangers of deer colliding with vehicles. Motorway signs are displaying warnings and deer fencing has been installed in high risk areas.
Donald added: “This is a particularly bad time of year for the young deer to be on the roads, if motorists stay alert to the danger, accidents could be prevented.”