Wildlife collisions increase as the hunting season opens across the Ottawa Valley

ARNPRIOR, ONT. – Lanark County OPP says they have responded to 52 collisions with large wildlife since early October.

Of these 52 collisions, 48 ​​of them involved deer and four involved bears.

The numbers come as the firearms hunting season for deer opened Monday. In Arnprior, staff at the CarStar Collision Center say they see the results of these crashes.

“In the last few weeks we’ve seen a lot of collisions, and last week I think we’ve had three deer collisions and one bear collision,” said Mike Mulder, owner of the collision center, who adds that it appears. this year, it seems that more vehicles are coming in after encounters with wild animals – and these are not cheap solutions either.

“In general, it can be anywhere from two to six thousand, depending on how square they hit the deer,” Mulder says. “Sometimes it’s just a grazing and it takes a mirror off, which is pretty easy. But if you turn it right on, it’s going to push the grill back into the radiator, the condenser, that sort of thing.”

Deer hit vehicle

Athletes visiting the valley during the hunting season say the region offers the perfect conditions. Rob Argue, owner of Eastern Canadian Outfitters, a hunting equipment and experience company, says the valley provides a great habitat for wildlife and is easily accessible to many hunters from Ottawa.

“In any area, there is a lot of traffic because there are a lot of people in an area where there is also a lot of game, it will definitely happen,” says Argue. “And it’s the time of year when the animals move more, they start feeding more, getting ready for winter, and there is also the breeding season on the way.”

Argue adds that the deer population has increased this season after a mild winter last year, and says that the dwindling daylight also plays a factor in terms of affecting nature’s schedule as well as humans ’.

“A month ago it would have been daylight until eight o’clock at night,” says the eager hunter and fisherman. “These animals are always moving around at dawn and dusk, so dawn and dusk are now also peak times for people commuting to and from the city.”

So what is the best course of action if you encounter a deer in the headlights?

“Keep your vehicle straight, use the brakes, do not turn and enter the ditch, which could cause further damage,” said OPP Acting Sergeant Tyler Copeland.

The deer gun season in Ontario opened Nov. 1 and runs for two weeks until Nov. 14.

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