Fall is Wildlife Collision Primetime
Sturgeon County is asking drivers to slow down and stay alert this fall to reduce the risk of colliding with wildlife on County roads. Starting in mid-August until the end of November, the chances of colliding with wildlife - particularly deer and moose - increases, especially between dusk and dawn. Each year, Sturgeon County Fire Services responds to several collisions between vehicles and wildlife, with some resulting in serious injuries.
While it isn’t always possible to avoid a collision, there are things you can do to help reduce the chances.
Quick tips for avoiding collisions with wildlife:
- Pay attention to wildlife warning signs and drive accordingly.
- Adjust your speed to road conditions.
- Reduce speed at dawn or dusk, especially on unfamiliar rural roads near water or lined with trees.
- Slow down in a curve, when reaching the crest of a hill or in wildlife-populated areas.
- Use high beams whenever possible. Deer’s eyes will glow when they catch light but larger animals such as moose may not be as easy to see.
- Keep your vehicle windshield and headlights clean.
- Pay particular attention with oncoming traffic as the headlights can make it more difficult to see an animal on the road.
If you see wildlife on the road:
- Look for more than one animal - some species travel in groups.
- Honk in a series of short bursts to encourage animals to move out of the way.
- For smaller animals, brake firmly if an animal is in the vehicle's path. Try to avoid swerving.
For large animals such as moose, if you cannot stop in time, consider swerving in a safe direction. A moose can weigh up to 500 kg (1200 lbs) and collision can cause significant injury or death to motorists and passengers.
If you have been in a collision with wildlife and the animal is injured, contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife:
To report a deceased animal on a provincial highway, contact 780-963-5711 or Emcon Services Inc. at 1-800-390-2242.
To report a deceased animal on a Sturgeon County road, contact Transportation Services at 780-939-8252.