October 6, 2021
Autumn is the breeding season for both moose and deer species, causing increased roaming as they actively seek out mates in new territories. Due to this spike in wildlife mobility, the majority of vehicular collisions with wildlife coincides with this season.
According to SGI, vehicle collisions with wildlife result in an average of 367 injuries and one fatality per year over the past five years. Wildlife collision claims also resulted in an average $83.1M in insurance claims over that same period, with collisions with deer accounting for $80.3M of that. Which is why the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) is urging the public to stay alert and keep wildlife at the top of your mind when traveling to prevent vehicle collisions.
“Extra precautions should always be taken around high risk areas that are identified by wildlife crossing signs,” said Darrell Crabbe, SWF Executive Director, “We can greatly reduce potential collisions, injuries and deaths through additional caution and awareness during this time of the year”.
Constant vigilance and reducing vehicle speeds, especially from dusk until dawn, can significantly help to avoid a collision.
For more information on how to avoid collisions with wild animals or what to do when an animal is hit, please call the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Central Office at 306 692 8812 or visit https://www.sgi.sk.ca/wildlife-collisions.