It may be snowing, but wildlife is still out and about. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding drivers to be extra cautious on the roads around cottage country, as deer are generally more active in the spring, especially at dawn and dusk. Deer rarely travel alone, so the MNRF says if you see one keep an eye out for others nearby.
OPP Constable Mo Tilson says there are certain parts of the road you’re more likely to see a deer.
The MNRF also notes if you see animals along the side of the road, slow down and honk your horn in a series of short bursts. At night, blink your headlights. The ministry says to be extra careful where roads cross creeks or rivers, in wooded areas, or when the field runs alongside the road.
Tilson adds to watch out when deer or moose crossing signs are posted.
The MNRF also says if you want to keep a dead wild animal that’s been found on the road or killed, you need to fill out a Notice of Possession, which includes white-tailed deer, moose, elk, black bear, hawk, eagle, owl or any fur-bearing mammal. Special rules apply to endangered or threatened species.
The MNRF and the OPP are teaming up to hold an information session on wildlife crashes next week. It will go over the number of collisions in the area, the risk to humans and wildlife and deer biology. It’s happening at 7:00pm on April 16th at the Magnetawan Town Hall.