As usual Deer are everywhere, now that riding the loop is in full swing a link to adventure rider to remind all of us that deer are the enemy.
Last year, B.C. drivers reported more than 10,000 accidents involving wildlife, resulting in about CDN$20 million worth of insurance claims.
However, he warns the more "catastrophic" collisions come from moose. "Of course, the bigger the animal, the more likelihood of someone getting seriously injured or killed," Gilfillan cautions.
Moose are particularly dangerous because of their long legs, he explains, noting that when a car plows into one of the ungainly mammals, it is likely to come up over the hood and right through the vehicle's windshield.
Of course on a bike even a stupid fawn is a problem
A Concern for Wildlife
In British Columbia, the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions is increasing and creating serious implications for the conservation and management of all BC's wildlife, including many rare and endangered species.
BC Ministry of Transportation (MoT) statistics show that from 1992 to 2002, 45,096 animals were reported killed on BC highways. MoT estimates that this number may represent only 25% to 35% of the real number of wild animals killed. The actual total of wild animals killed in the ten year period from 1992 to 2002 could be as high as 128,846 or more, which is a staggering number.
This difference between reported deaths and actual deaths can be attributed to animals dying outside the highway right-of-way, animal remains being removed by natural scavengers or predators, animal remains being obscured by snow, vegetation etc., animal remains becoming unrecognizable after being run over by successive vehicles, and larger animals (primarily deer or moose) being removed by passing motorists.
Approximately 80% of wildlife-vehicle collisions involve deer. Moose, elk, bears, coyotes and other wildlife make up the remaining 20%. Collisions with smaller wildlife species are extremely common, but as they cause less damage to private property or human life, they rarely appear in official statistics.
There are 4 to 8 large animal-vehicle collisions every hour in Canada
Remember Bambi is dumber than your high school guidance teacher.