WYDOT issues tips on avoiding wildlife while driving
Recently, Teton County has reported several wildlife collisions with moose this year on Wyoming’s Highway 390 near Teton Village. Wildlife-vehicle collisions continue to pose a serious problem in Teton County with regard to human safety, wildlife mortality, habitat connectivity, and financial costs.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation urges residents and visitors alike to be conscientious of wildlife in this area and to obey all traffic signs and speed regulations.
“Beware that wildlife may be on the road,” District Engineer John Eddins said.
The number of wildlife collisions can be reduced if motorists take caution and reduce speeds in areas frequented by wildlife. Collisions with wildlife almost always end in death for the animal and costly damage to the vehicle.
Motorists can avoid both outcomes by taking note of the portable flashing signs in the area and reducing their speed. These signs warn drivers of the hazards of wildlife on our roads, and encourage drivers to slow down and stay alert in order to avoid collisions.
Eddins also advises that drivers should take extra precautions at night.
“Please slow down and do not out-drive your head lights,” Eddins said.
WYDOT also urges motorists to avoid distracted driving. Do not operate your motor vehicle while talking on your cell phone, eating or engaging in any other activity that would take your eyes and mind off the road.
Driving Tips To Avoid Collisions With Wildlife
Pay attention to the road.
Scan the sides of the roads for wildlife.
Be alert to areas of high vegetation and steep banks.
Wildlife tends to cross roads more often at dawn and dusk and at night.
If you see one elk, deer or moose, you are likely to see more.
If you see an animal on the road expect the unexpected. They do not instinctively know how to react to vehicles. Give the animal time and room to move off the road. Do not try to out-run it.
Wildlife warning signs are there for a reason. Take note.
Extend your following distance through wildlife areas. Do not follow the car in front of you too closely.
Drive responsibly and defensively.