MNR says keep eyes open on road for wildlife
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding motorists to be extra cautious on Ontario’s roads at this time of year when more wildlife is on the move.
The ministry is offering a few tips on how to avoid colliding with an animal. For example, moose, elk and deer are active along roadways in the spring, especially at dawn and dusk. Deer rarely travel alone, so when motorists see one, there are likely more deer nearby.
Drivers who see animals along the road should slow down and sound their horns in a series of short bursts.
Animals can run onto the road when disoriented by headlights. At night, motorists should blink their headlights to warn the animals and give them a chance to move out of the way.
Drivers should take extra care where roads cross creeks or rivers, in wooded corridors, or where field edges run perpendicular to the road. They should also be cautious where fences meet roads and where deer and moose crossing signs are posted.
Watch your speed when driving at night. Slowing down will give you more time to respond. Brake firmly if an animal is standing on or crossing the road, stopping if necessary. Avoid swerving; it may result in loss of control and a more serious collision.
“If you want to keep a dead wild animal such as a white-tailed deer, moose, elk, black bear, hawk, eagle, owl, or fur-bearing mammal that has been killed or found on a roadway, you are required to submit a notice of possession promptly upon acquiring the dead animal, the ministry said in a release. “Special rules apply to endangered or threatened species.”
notice of possession can be submitted at www.ontario.ca/page/ keep-dead-wild-animal.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is warning motorists to keep an eye out for wildlife on area roads at this time of year