It's no secret that deer and even elk populate the Hanford Area, and they sometimes try to bound across the highways and roads at the Area.

Thursday morning, they were particularly active, as Benton County Sheriff's responded to a number of them in the very early morning hours.

The accidents were along Route 4, Deputies say with the warmer weather, the animals are going to be more active at night and early morning, foraging for food and water before it gets hot. Then they seek shelter the rest of the day.

But the same goes for other rural areas where they are known to congregate, not just Hanford.

A reminder for those who commute early or late this time of year, keep an extra eye out for them.