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Tips on how not to run into wild animals on the road

Ontario boasts some of the most scenic driving for those who live in and visit the province’s vast rural communities, but it comes with a cost with more than 10,000 drivers a year being involved in wildlife collisions.
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NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

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ORO-MEDONTE – Ontario boasts some of the most scenic driving for those who live in and visit the province’s vast rural communities, but it comes with a cost with more than 10,000 drivers a year being involved in wildlife collisions.       

Barrie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 11 motor vehicle collisions on area highways involving wildlife since October 1, 2015.  

Barrie OPP would like to remind motorists of some precautions to take to reduce their risk of a collision with wildlife:

Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. Moose, deer and bear are particularly active in the spring, especially at dawn and dusk, as they search for food.

Deer rarely travel alone, so when motorists see one there are likely more nearby.

Watch your speed and be careful when driving at night, slowing down will give you more time to respond.

Avoiding driving after dark when possible can greatly reduce the risk of colliding with an animal.

Brake firmly if an animal is standing on or crossing the road, stopping if necessary. 

Swerving to avoid hitting a wild animal may result in loss of control and a more serious collision.  

If you do encounter large wildlife such as deer, moose, elk or bears on the road and can safely avoid hitting them, do so, but be absolutely certain that oncoming traffic or soft shoulders do not put you and others at risk. 

Do not direct your full attention to the animal when you take measures to avoid hitting it, because this almost always results in colliding with the animal.

Instead, focus your attention on the alternative route you decide to take, again only if this manoeuvre doesn’t place you and others in danger. 

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