With larger wildlife, it’s safer to brake firmly and slowly steer around the animal once it’s clear for you to do so. Due to the weight and height of moose and elk, a collision is likely to cause significant damage to your vehicle and can cause serious injury and death to vehicle occupants.
While many types of wildlife are more active at dawn and dusk, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation’s Road Safety Monitor 2014: Driver Behaviour & Wildlife on the Road In Canada reported that nearly 50% of wildlife collisions or near collisions were reported during daylight hours. Drivers should be extra vigilant near wooded areas, wetlands, and particularly on long straight stretches and blind corners, at all times of the day. There is an increase in wildlife movement in the Fall due to migration, mating season as well as animals avoiding hunters. But a higher level of wildlife-vehicle interactions during summer months is often due to an increase in vacationers travelling in larger numbers and with greater frequency in rural and summer vacation areas.