Pay attention to signs of animals on the road and learn how to react

Did you know?

From 2011 to 2015, more than 470 people were injured in traffic collisions involving an animal

Roads attract wildlife because they give animals a travel corridor, easy access to food, and a source of salt in the winter. Many species are active at dawn and dusk when visibility is poor and traffic volume is high. Here's what to do to reduce road risks.

Wildlife Safety Tips

  • Scan the roadway and ditches ahead for animals
  • Slow down in a curve, when reaching the crest of a hill or in wildlife-populated areas
  • Watch for the shining eyes or silhouette of an animal at night and use high beams
  • Improve visibility by keeping your windshield and headlights clean
  • Slow down if an animal is on or near the road and be prepared to stop. Their behaviours are unpredictable.
  • Look for more than one animal - some travel in groups
  • Brake firmly if an animal is in your path, and don't swerve to avoid it
  • Honk in a series of short bursts to chase animals away
  • Don't throw food or food wrappers out your vehicle as this attracts animals
  • Watch for wildlife warning signs and slow down in areas where animal crossing signs are posted
  • Report all collisions
  • Contact the nearest Sustainable Resource Development office in cases where an animal is injured or a threat
  • Remember that collisions with wildlife can result in extensive damage to your vehicle and serious injury

What's being done to help?

The Alberta government helps reduce the number of collisions with wildlife by installing fences, warning signs, roadside reflectors, and by maintaining vegetation control along highways. Bushes and trees are also cut back to allow you to see animals on either side of the road.