Deer and Moose Crossings on the Rise as Leaves Fall

Deer

Fall is the picturesque time of year when Mother Nature paints a palette of reds, oranges and yellows for us all to admire; it’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of it all. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the season of falling leaves also brings a substantial rise in deer crossings.

In Canada, approximately 60,000 auto insurance claims involving deer strikes are reported annually, according to various estimates from insurers. This translates into upwards of $400 million in claims, as reported by Canwest News Service, while many other deer-related collisions go unrecorded.

New Brunswick drivers have an even bigger concern on their hands: moose. These 450 kg mammals are involved in roughly 300 motor vehicle collisions annually in the province.

To reduce your risk of colliding with a deer or moose, follow these tips:

  1. Watch for deer/moose crossing signs, which indicate a heightened population of these animals, and reduce your speed in these areas.
  2. Stay alert and scan the sides of the road. If you have a passenger in the car, get them to keep an eye on the sides of the road too.
  3. Slow down at night. Most animal-related collisions happen between dusk and dawn, when visibility is reduced.
  4. Keep your windshield clean and use your high beams whenever possible at night.

More information on how to avoid moose on New Brunswick’s highways: Think Moose.