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RCMP remind drivers to keep an eye out for wildlife


Nova Scotia RCMP and the Department of Natural Resources remind drivers to watch for wildlife while driving, especially at this time of year. The combination of fast moving vehicles, animals near roads and the glare of autumn sunlight can be very dangerous.

In the autumn moose and deer are on the move.

"This time of year, collisions with deer and moose are more common," said Cpl. Jennifer Clarke of Nova Scotia RCMP. "Drivers should keep this in mind during their travels and pay special attention when behind the wheel."

Last year, there were 288 vehicle accidents on Nova Scotia's highways involving large wildlife. Due to their size and colour, moose tend to blend into the tree line, while deer may appear suddenly from places where food is available such as apple orchards and farm fields.

Drivers are advised to drive at a speed that’s safe for conditions, watch for wildlife and try to avoid driving during sunrise or sunset. By taking these precautions they can help save the lives of people and wildlife.

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