Not a pretty sight, and not usually a topic for discussion. But in British Columbia perhaps it should be talked about more often.
When you are driving in British Columbia, one of the main attractions is the opportunity to view its varied and abundant wildlife. However, because human travel corridors and animal travel routes frequently occur along the same valley bottoms, this concentration of human activity and wildlife leads to a high potential for a wildlife vehicle collision, which can happen anywhere, and at anytime.
Sadly, each year in BC, over 24,432 animals are killed by collisions with vehicles. As well as the loss of wildlife, every year, 5 people are killed and 450 people are injured in this type of collision.
The intention of the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program (WCPP) is to make BC's highways safer for both people and wildlife. There is a lot motorists can do to improve their chances of avoiding a wildlife vehicle collision.
This is what you need to know to avoid a wildlife collision...
What are common locations?
When do collisions occur?
How can drivers reduce the chances of having a collision?
What should drivers do if they see wildlife on the road?
What if a collision is inevitable?
What should drivers do if they do have a collision?
What do drivers need to know about wildlife?
What are some common myths about wildlife collisions?
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WCPP thanks all of our partners for helping us to
achieve our public safety and wildlife protection goals.
Our newest partners...
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
101.3 The River
99.3 The Drive
Shell Canada Limited, Social Investment Program
Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program
We also acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
The Wildlife Collision Working Group is an interagency committee working to develop a strategy to reduce wildlife collisions in northern BC. This committee has been working on wildlife collision reduction since 2005 and is the only group of its kind in British Columbia.
A 2016 report documents wildlife vehicle collision underreporting trends on northern BC highways and establishes the degree of underreporting by the various agencies who collect data on wildlife vehicle collisions.
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