Drivers warned about wildlife

Drivers are urged to take extra care as more wildlife is expected be on Alberta’s roads this month.

Drivers are urged to take extra care as more wildlife is expected be on Alberta’s roads this month.

The most wildlife collisions — about 18 per cent — occur in November, more than any month of the year, according to Alberta Transportation.

In the last five years, there were 13,250 animal crashes in November.

Looking at the monthly averages over the last five years, there were 1,249 animal crashes each month.

But in November, the average was 2,650 animal crashes.

Animals are likely to be near the roads because it is mating season for many animals. The roads often cut through their migration routes. They are also attracted to the roadside vegetation and road salt.