Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Signs, Signs, Everywhere the Signs ...

Q. Why did the moose cross the road?
A. [... ? ...]

Moose are considered a night danger on Highway 17 (the Trans-Canada as it crosses northern Ontario). When driving, one is well advised to take this warning seriously. A collision with a moose will likely kill or critically injure the moose, AND it will likely total your vehicle and cause critical injury to you and your hapless passengers. Fortunately my only real insights into this are from booklearning, not direct experience.

From an Ontario Provincial Police news release last summer:

The OPP would like to remind drivers to watch for wildlife, especially at night, as this is a peak time year for collisions with wild animals as they are escaping biting insects in the bush.

Yes, moose, deer and bears have to put up with mosquitoes too, without benefit of Deep Woods Off(tm).

Officers have seen an increase in wildlife collisions involving bear, moose and deer in the last couple of weeks. Collisions with wild animals can result in serious vehicle damage, personal injury or even death.

Photo Credit: Jack of Hearts blog.

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