As we begin to see nicer weather, we also begin to see wildlife becoming more active. Collisions with wildlife may increase during Peak times of the spring and fall migration seasons. During the spring, animals are often seeking mates, food or road salt along the roadway and in ditches. Animals don’t look both ways before crossing the street.
Being aware and taking precautions can reduce collisions, save lives and protect wild animals:
- Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. If there is wildlife beside the road, slow down and pass carefully.
- Watch for the yellow wildlife warning signs that indicate areas of increased risk. Slow down when traveling through these areas.
- Use high beams at night where possible and watch for the glowing eyes of animals.
- Stop as safely as possible if a wild animal is crossing the road. Remember, if one animal crosses the road, others may follow.
- Never swerve suddenly. This could cause your vehicle to go out of control and result in a more serious collision.
(above excerpt from the Gov’t of Ontario)
Here is a link for some tips from the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program of British Columbia that may assist you in preventing collisions with wildlife.