MNR says keep eyes open on road for wildlife

The Sault Star - - NEWS -

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.

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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

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