The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office reminds drivers, especially on the more rural or open county roads, to be on the lookout for "trespassing" suspects.

Monday, around 6PM, while on a routine patrol in Burbank near Cargill Pond, Deputy Stites observed a number of fur coat wearing suspects rustling bushes nearby. Some of the larger ones appeared to nearly 5 feet tall.

The suspects were wearing "reindeer hats" and when the spotlight was shone on them, froze like a "deer in the headlights." Deputy Stites noted they appeared to be traveling in a gang, and when they ran off, were clearing 4 foot fences in a single bound.

Of course he was talking about a large group of deer, one of a number seen in various areas in growing numbers in the Burbank area, and others around the county.

The point they're making is, officers on patrol in Walla Walla, as well as Benton and Franklin Counties, have responded to a significantly larger number of deer vs. vehicle accidents. With it getting dark earlier, and winter almost here, the deer are moving around a lot more seeking food and shelter.

Drive carefully at night, as Deputy Stites noted, one time, one of the larger deer refused to vacate the road, and just stared at him for a few minutes before sauntering into the bushes.