How can I prevent wild animal collisions?
animals are very active in spring, summer and autumn,
but especially in summer. Parent Robins and Blue
Jays are very busy finding food to feed their hungry
babies; White-tailed Deer does drive their yearlings
away to give birth to new fawns while gaggles of
young Canada geese are following their parents on
overland jaunts. The result is that wild animals
are extremely vulnerable to human-made dangers in
their environment, especially motor vehicles.
The Wisconsin Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation
Hospital sees everything from baby gulls to Snapping
Turtles and Gray Squirrels to Cottontails that are
injured by vehicles. Please watch for wildlife as
you drive and “expect the unexpected.”
These tips will help keep wildlife, you and your
- Heed animal-crossing
signs and slow down in these areas.
- Slow down at night.
This way, you will be able to spot wild animals
in the roadway ahead and stop in time.
- Slow down when you
see wildlife near the roadway. They may react
unpredictably and bolt out onto the road.
- Leave enough room
between you and the vehicle ahead of you. If the
driver brakes or stops for wildlife, you can avoid
- Stay alert to the
presence of wildlife. Scan the roadsides ahead
of you to watch for animals.
- Alert other
motorist of animals in or near the road by turning
on your hazard lights as you pass the animal.