14 november 2012

Moose Collisions  Decreasing


More than 1,500 accidents involving vehicles and animals in Northern Ontario in 2011.
Photo/Bob Hallinen courtesy of CBC

In northeastern Ontario, road accidents involving vehicles and animals have decreased. Ontario Provincial Police say in 2011 there were 1,500 collisions; that’s down by 300 this year. According to OPP Staff Sergeant Laura Houliston, this is due to new fencing along the highway near Sudbury, and to improved awareness and driving habits. She said, “hitting wildlife is like hitting another vehicle, especially when we're talking about moose and bear.”

Sudbury resident Al Akerman would like to see the fencing extended. He hit a moose in August of 2009. He said “the moose and crumpled the hood and sent it flying over the truck. I was very lucky that my wife -- who was sitting dead in front of the moose -- wasn't injured.”

In the Atlantic province of Newfoundland, moose and vehicle collisions became a major problem in the last decade with a huge increase in the moose population. Along with fencing some of the roads, the province dealt with challenge by increasing hunting licenses for moose, by 5000 last year. (CK)


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