Many of the County of Wellington's roads run by natural areas and as a result drivers may encounter animals. This is especially common during Spring and Summer months when animals are more active, and O.P.P data shows that motorists driving in rural areas need to be extra cautious of wildlife.

In Wellington County, both small wildlife (turtles, possums, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, etc) and larger wildlife (deer, coyotes, etc) are at risk of being struck and killed by vehicles.

It is important to remember that animals can be seen anywhere at any time. Drivers passing through the County are encouraged to be aware of animal crossings and slow down to help prevent animal collisions. You could save a life.

Tips on Avoiding Animal Collisions:

  • Be aware that animals are particularly active in the Spring searching for food and travelling with their young, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • When you can safely do so, scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder for animals. If you see any animals, please slow down - when motorists see one animal, there are likely more nearby.
  • If you are driving on a road that meets between or at the bottom of the a hill and a water source, or is lined with trees, stone walls, hedges, or grass, note that animals are more likely to be crossing the road to and from their drinking and feeding areas.
  • Watch your speed and be careful when driving at night. Slowing down will give you more time to react.
  • When driving at night, choose to drive on lit roads whenever possible. If you must drive on unlit roads, use high beams when appropriate to better spot animals.
  • If you see an animal and it is safe to do so, brake firmly (and/or stop if necessary) if an animal is standing on or crossing the road.
  • Swerving to avoid hitting wildlife may result in loss of control and a more serious collision. If you do encounter wildlife on the road and can safely avoid hitting them, do so, but be absolutely certain that oncoming traffic or soft shoulders do not put you and others at risk.
  • Do not direct your full attention to the animal when you take measures to avoid hitting it. Instead, focus your attention on the alternative route you decide to take, again, only if this manoeuvre does not place you and/or others in danger.

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