Wildlife attracted to resource roads in winter conditions – be prepared!

Safety Alert Type: 
Wildlife encounter
North Shuswap region
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Interfor Corporation (Interior Division)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On a number of trips over a period of a week in January, several workers experienced close interactions with wildlife on both provincial highways and logging roads.

Due to heavy snow and freezing rain, animals - and in particular ungulates - have migrated to more traditional wintering grounds.

Deer and moose have also been staying close to plowed roads where there is easier walking conditions and access to road salts, etc.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Be extra aware of the potential for wildlife on roads and especially during dawn and dusk conditions
  • Slow down during these times and stay alert to the potential of an animal crossing the road on short notice
  • Leave extra time to travel to your intended destination as time of day/ daily conditions / location may necessitate lower travel speeds to avoid wildlife.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Michael Scott, Interfor Corporation (250) 679-6843

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