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Rutting season requires extra attention at the wheel this fall

It's rutting season for deer in British Columbia, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is cautioning motorists to be aware of deer and elk on B.C. Highways throughout this month.
November 23, 2020 - 6:00 AM

There’s another seasonal hazard B.C. motorists need to be aware of this month that goes beyond winter driving issues.

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is advising drivers to be mindful of deer, elk and moose this month as rutting season increases the animal’s activity.

Rutting, or mating season, occurs in British Columbia from late October to December, with the most activity seen in mid-November, the ministry said.

Rutting activities can result in changes in the animal’s behaviour. In some instances, the animals could make sudden movements with little regard for their surroundings.

The ministry reminds drivers to pay extra attention, especially when driving at dusk, dawn or night hours when these animals are most active.

Tips for avoiding deer-vehicle collisions include:

  • If you see one deer, watch for others, as the animals seldom travel alone.
  • Be alert near wooded areas or green spaces such as tree lines, parks and golf courses, and water sources.
  • Watch for deer and elk crossing signs, which are placed in high-traffic areas where large numbers of deer-vehicle incidents are reported.
  • Use high beam when able and keep your vehicle’s headlights, windshield and windshield wipers in good condition.
  • Honk your horn with a long blast to frighten animals away from your vehicle.

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