Wellington Wildlife

We are lucky that Wellington County is full of natural areas and forests, yet this results in drivers encountering animals on the roads. 

In the 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. 

Drivers 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:

  • Animals are most active in spring and travel with their young at dawn and dusk.
  • Scan the road ahead for animals and slow down if you see any.
  • Animal crossings occur most often on roads that run close to the bottom of a hill, a water source, or are lined with trees, stone walls, hedges, or grass.
  • When driving at night watch your speed and use high beams when driving on unlit roads to better spot animals.
  • Brake firmly (if it is safe to do so) if an animal is standing on or crossing the road.
  • Do not swerve to avoid hitting wildlife as this may result in loss of control and a more serious collision. If you can safely avoid hitting wildlife, do so, but be absolutely certain that oncoming traffic or soft shoulders do not put you and others at risk.