Milwaukeeans driving into the rural areas on roads marked with animal crossing signs are faced with the hazards of hitting deer and other wildlife. These accidents are not only dangerous but costly. There are preventative measures that can be taken.
Approximately 20,000 deer carcasses are removed from Wisconsin roads every year. There are about 200 fatalities annually from wildlife collisions in the United States. Auto repair costs from these incidents average $2,800.00 per incident.
October and November at dawn and dusk presents the most risk as it is the mating season. April and May is also an active time due to spring fawning. Motorists should be aware that deer run in herds so if you see one deer there are probably more hiding in the brush waiting to cross the road. Moose, however, are usually solitary and will run along the side of the road then duck into the woods. Bear and moose are usually active at night.
There are some rules set down to reduce the incidents of wildlife collisions. The most important rule is to slow down at wildlife crossing signs. Watch the shoulders of the road. Look for two glowing spots, which are the reflective quality of animals’ eyes.
It is important to note that there is no conclusive evidence that deer whistles deter the animals. They only seem to placate the motorist.
Swerving is not recommended with most wildlife moose are the only exception.
Milwaukee motorist can enjoy their drive by being alert to the habits of Wisconsin wildlife.