VICTORIA, British Columbia, Nov. 9 (UPI) — Some 5,500 wild animals in British Columbia were killed last year in collisions with motor vehicles, provincial authorities say.
The provincial transportation ministry said in a report that the vast majority of the animals struck and killed — 4,454 — were deer, Canwest News Service reported Monday.
The total also included 350 moose, 223 elk, 157 bears, 126 coyotes, and a variety of smaller animals.
Angela Buckingham, chief environmental officer for the transportation ministry, told the news service that the majority of the collisions happened at either dusk or dawn, when wildlife is most frequently on the move, and that drivers’ speed also plays a big role in the road kill accidents.
“The key thing is not to speed,” Buckingham told Canwest. “And be aware. Watch both sides of the road when traveling, not just the paved surface, but be aware of what’s going on adjacent to the paved surface.”
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