November highest month for wildlife collisions; tips to reduce your risk

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November is the worst month for wildlife collisions in the Peace Country, and the BC Conservation Foundation wants drivers to observe a few precautions to reduce their risk of hitting an animal on the road.

Every year, approximately 31 animal strikes occur in the Fort St. John area during the month of November, contributing to a total of 19,600 animals killed by vehicles every year in British Columbia. Those accidents can often result in injury or worse; ICBC says provincially, more than 300 people are injured each year in these collisions, and RCMP figures indicate that on average, four people die each year in the province as a result of wildlife collisions.

However, Gayle Hesse of the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program says there are easy ways to lessen the chance of hitting an animal on the road. Most importantly, drivers should reduce their speed, especially between the peak animal activity hours of 7 to 8am and 5 to 6pm. Hesse says it’s also important to resist the urge to speed through long flat stretches of road, as this is where most deer strikes occur. Additionally, drivers should be aware that deer often travel in pairs, so if one is in sight, there are likely more nearby.

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As for the commercially available “deer whistles,” which are designed to frighten deer off the roadway by emitting a loud whistle, Hesse had this to say…

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More information on these tips can be found at www.wildlifecollisions.ca.

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