Moose tangles with truck; police urge vigilance for wildlife

Along with construction, drivers should watch out for moose along Highway 62 in Limerick Twp. Motorists stopped to snap photos of these two moose grazing along the side of Highway 62 just north of Hwy 620, about 4 p.m. April 24, 2010. Alison Swayze photo

KALADAR — A moose didn’t survive a run-in with a transport truck July 7, 2010 on the Flinton Road.

At 3:15 a.m .a male moose ran onto the road and hit the side of the truck.  The driver wasn’t hurt, the truck had minor damage, and the moose didn’t make it, Kaladar OPP report.

Provincial police  remind drivers to watch for wildlife, especially at times where most wildlife collisions occur; such as 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., dusk, and 5 p.m. to to 12 a.m.

  • Collisions with wild animals can result in serious vehicle damage, personal injury or even death. On average, there is a motor vehicle/wild animal collision every 38 minutes. One out of every 17 involves a wild animal.
  • In 2007, 13.954 motor vehicle/wild animal collisions were reported in Ontario, but many more go unreported.
  • 89% occur on two-lane roads.
  • 86% occur in good weather.
  • Tips: Watch, Steer, Brake and Stop.
  • Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder
  • Watch for the yellow wildlife warning signs (increased risk), slow down when travelling those areas
  • Stay in control, go the speed limit, take extra precautions at peek times and slow down
  • Stop as safely as possible, brake firmly if animal is standing on or crossing, remember, if one animal crosses the road, others may follow
  • Never assume the animal will move out of your way. If hitting the wild animal is unavoidable, remember to stay in control: Look where you want to go, not at the animal.

Source: Ontario Motor Vehicle Accident Report 10/04

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