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Highway 97 one of main roads for wildlife interaction

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There’s also similar revelation from the ministry on Highway 2 from Dawson Creek to the Alberta border.

“Although a collision with wildlife can happen at any place and at any time, in the Peace region, the highest risk months for wildlife vehicle collisions are October through January,” Regional Manager of the B.C. Conservation Foundation, Barb Waters said in a written statement. “There can be one or two collisions each day during these months.”

Information from ICBC animal crash data shows that in the Peace region, there are about 800 wildlife collisions every year, which accounts for three deaths and 140 injuries.

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The Wildlife Collision Prevention Program is offering the following hints for the highway:

  • Both drivers and passengers must actively watch for wildlife on the road and roadside area.
  • People think of the road as a dangerous place, but, in fact, animals are often attracted to the road and roadside area. Drive expecting to see wildlife.
  • During the rutting season animals are frequently on the move, and vehicles might be the last thing on their minds!
  • Animals don’t think or perceive danger the same way that humans do. They may not recognize a vehicle as dangerous or a horn as a warning, or even if they do, they may not react safely.
  • Animals are unpredictable in their behaviour and may bolt in front of a vehicle or cross and then immediately re-cross the road.
  • Deer are often seen in groups, so if there is one animal there are usually more. The deer you are watching may not be the one that poses the threat; it may be the second or third deer following behind that causes the problem.

The B.C. Conservation Foundation says critical times to watch for wildlife on the roads are 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., and again at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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