It’s that time of year again when animals are on the move to their summer feeding grounds and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding motorists to be extra cautious on Ontario’s roads.

If you want to keep a dead wild animal that has been killed or found on a roadway, a Notice of Possession is required promptly upon acquiring the dead animal.

Special rules apply to endangered or threatened species.

Moose, elk and deer are active along roadways in the Spring, especially at dawn and dusk.

What can you do to try and avoid an animal collision?

 

  • If you spot an animal near the road, attempt to break, but don’t swerve as this can endanger yourself or your passengers.
  • One solitary animal or road kill can be a sign of other wildlife in the area, so make sure you slow down and be extra cautious whilst driving.
  • Be extra careful when driving at dawn or dusk and pay attention to yellow animal warnings signs in the area.
  • Avoid driving at night if possible, particularly in rural areas.
  • If you do have to drive at night, make sure you use your high-beams and pay attention to reflecting eyes in the distance.