The Nevada Departments of Transportation and Wildlife and the Nevada Highway Patrol are reminding motorists to drive safely in wildlife-prone areas with the onset of spring animal migration.
"This time of year, many big game animals including
mule deer, elk, and pronghorn begin their spring migrations. As snow melts and
spring ‘green-up’ occurs, many of these animals will follow the green
vegetation. Often these movements occur over large landscapes and cross
multiple jurisdictions including private and public lands,” said NDOW Wildlife
Staff Specialist Cody Schroeder. “Animals will often cross roadways during
their migration in search of forage. They are most at risk for vehicle
collisions during the early mornings and late evenings, but wildlife-vehicle
collisions can also happen throughout the day.”
“A crash involving a large deer or animal can be dangerous,
and in some cases even deadly, to motorists,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper
Hannah DeGoey said. “Motorists should always drive carefully, particularly in
wildlife-prone areas. Look for deer crossing signs and scan the road ahead for
NDOT has conducted extensive evaluation of the most
concentrated and critical areas of vehicle-animal collisions statewide,
providing opportunities for potential future signage and improvements. This
summer, NDOT will install four additional advisory signs advising drivers of
the potential of deer crossing on U.S. 395 in Reno’s North Valleys.
Wildlife zone driving tips
· Obey all speed
limits, traffic signs and regulations.
· Wear seatbelts and
limit distractions while driving.
· Heed animal warning
signs. Be alert for the potential of wildlife, particularly where wildlife
warning signs are posted.
· Actively scan all
sides of the road as you drive and look for any signs of wildlife. One
potential sign of wildlife is glowing or red eyes that become visible as
vehicle headlights bounce off the eyes of animals.
· Adjust driving
speeds if necessary to help reduce the chance and impact of an animal
· Remember that many
crashes are not due to colliding with wildlife but are the result of driving
into another car or truck in the opposite lane while trying to avoid colliding
with the animal.
· Herd animals such
as deer and elk travel in groups. If you see one deer, there is a strong
likelihood that others may be nearby or in other locations along the road.
· Use your vehicle’s
high beams at night to view the roadway ahead when there is no oncoming