Montana's wildlife are on the move
Deer and elk mating season, migration to their winter areas, and fewer daylight hours for commuters all mean more chances for a collision. Most wildlife collisions occur at dawn and dusk when wild animals are most likely to be moving to feed or drink. Be aware and follow these tips when traveling:
- Scan side to side -- on the shoulder of the road, in ditches, and far ahead to spot animals crossing or about to cross the road.
- Pay special attention in the vicinity of deer crossing signs. These mark the general area where wildlife is known to cross.
- Where there is one, expect more. Deer, especially, seldom travel alone.
- Slow down and brake to avoid an impact – but don’t swerve! Swerving can confuse animals so they don’t know which way to run, take you into oncoming traffic, or cause your vehicle to roll.
- Avoid using cruise control at dawn and dusk, and use high beams when there is no oncoming traffic.
- Always buckle up, drive sober, and alert.
- Don't go near or touch a wounded animal because it might become aggressive. If the animal is seriously injured but still alive, notify local law enforcement, Montana Highway Patrol, or a Fish Wildlife & Parks warden.