When you’re driving, here are some handy tips to avoid crashing into a deer:
- Anticipate their presence on the road.
- They leap erratically. It’s an escape behaviour. Expect the unexpected.
- They can travel in groups, especially if there are young ones involved. If you see one, expect another three somewhere unseen.
- Dawn and dusk are their migration hours. That’s when you can expect to see them on the roads.
- Should you hit one and a deer is near dying, please call the RCMP for a quick kill. In Sooke, their number is 250-642-5241.
- If you are in a car, do not swerve. If a collision is unavoidable, it’s imperative that you maintain control of your car.
- If you are on a motorcycle**, consider an emergency maneouver. A collision with a deer can seriously harm (or kill) a biker. Swerving may be ineffective given their erratic behaviour. Emergency brake IF there is no other vehicle behind you. Riding alert is your best bet, and slow down if you are aware that you are in the presence of deer.
**Additional motorcycle/wildlife tip: If you can’t eat it in one sitting, consider an emergency maneouver.